FBI Director Warns That Smartphone Encryption Will Come with Consequences

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  1. chapped

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    WASHINGTON — FBI Director James Comey warned in stark terms Thursday against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems, arguing that murder cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free, and justice could be thwarted by a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.

    Privacy advocates and technology experts called the concerns exaggerated and little more than recycled arguments the government has raised against encryption since the early 1990s.

    Likening encrypted data to a safe that cannot be cracked or a closet door that won’t open, Comey said the move by tech companies to protect user communications in the name of privacy is certain to impede a wide range of criminal investigations. New legislation to allow law enforcement to intercept communications is needed at a time of advancing technology and new forms of communication, he said.

    “We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications from information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so,” Comey said in a Brookings Institution speech.

    The government’s concerns may also center in part on the use of Apple’s iMessage platform, which offers end-to-end encrypted text messages that supersede traditional SMS messages. That kind of encryption likely provides access to those messages on users’ iPhones, of which Apple has sold more than 240 million since 2013.

    He acknowledged a rise in public mistrust of government in the year since former National Security Agency systems analyst Edward Snowden revealed NSA secret intelligence collection programs. But he said the public was wrong to believe that law enforcement can access any and all communications with the flip of a switch.

    “It may be true in the movies or on TV. It is simply not the case in real life,” he said.

    Comey also said the FBI was committed to a “front-door” approach, through court orders and under strict oversight, to intercepting communications. Privacy advocates have long been concerned that that development would create an opening for hackers to exploit. The American Civil Liberties Union noted that federal law protects the right of companies to add encryption with no backdoors and said the companies should be credited for being “unwilling to weaken security for everyone.”





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    If they can't beat it out of us they will try and scare it out of us. Fuckers.
     
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    Because they want to be able to spy on everyone, so they are making shit up to try to scare stupid people.
     
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    Exactly stupid people are handing over their rights daily and making them laws.

    This country wants to be a secret dictatorship run by rich people. A plutocracy.
     
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    Its the classic car salesman bullshit...
    Buy the magic rust proof coating or your car will pay the price
     
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    Fuck them. If they have probable cause, get a fucking warrant. Otherwise, stay out of my business.
     
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