FBI Concerned About Apple’s And Google’s Encryption Technology

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More advanced encryption capabilities in modern devices which help to disallow law enforcement agencies to monitor personal information has been heavily praised by the public, though the FBI is concerned that this will hinder their ability to catch criminals.

James Comey, the FBI director, said that he is “very concerned” regarding Google and Apple using full encryption in their portable devices, according to Comey , tech companies are “marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”

I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘How come you can’t do this thing.” Said Comey

The decision to strengthen Smartphone and Tablet security is in response to the growing uproar in relation to the problems of mass surveillance, primarily triggered by the information released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. FBI-660x330

The FBI have been specifically worried about Google providing data encryption by default with the next firmware update for Android, as well as Apple’s release of iOS 8 which allows iPhone and iPad users to encrypt the majority of their personal information with a password it is now impossible for Apple to decrypt a locked device, due to the fact that they no longer store the encryption keys.

Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your pass code and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said in its new privacy policy, updated on Wednesday. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

It is unlikely that Google or Apple will roll back their new security features, due to the fact that the two companies will not allow their reputation to be upset because of the presence of gateways for law enforcement agencies to capitalize on.

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http://thehackernews.com/2014/09/FBI-iPhone-android-full-encryption.html

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Seems like the FBI and CIA kinda boned themselves on this. Probably wouldn’t be such a huge market for data encryption if they were not data mining everyone without warrants. If they had safe guards for peoples personal information I dont think many people would be as concerned with their data so developers wouldn’t spend as much resources or time to improve encryption

  2. I see this as a cover plot, or another mix of truth and deception. For instance, Apples’ one up on Android eliminates the need to break into the phone, only because the same data can be extracted from the cloud and before you’ve had a chance to say “hey wait!”, they will have what they wanted.

    – [James Comey, the FBI director, said that he is “very concerned” regarding Google and Apple using full encryption in their portable devices, according to Comey , tech companies are “marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law.”]

    Are you kidding me? Since when did our right to privacy turn into us being above the law. Isn’t this [Tyranny] at best?

  3. Well, well! They’re finally getting scared of the people! Boy am I glad about that! I’m happy to encrypt everything. It’s almost became an obsession for me! I actually enjoy installing linux everywhere and encrypting my stuff! Thank you anonymous for bringing back hope! <3 *BIG HUGS* <3

  4. this isn’t good they have just given a wepon to pedofiles so they can hide there child pornography on there Encrypt iphones /:

    • well they can find other way to catch criminals like child porn predators in a legal manner way not just looking around to the data without court order which violating the privacy of each technological users.

    • Did you think at all before you made that statement? You prefer EVERYONE be treated as pedophiles so that few can be caught? Think man think..

  5. Thank You, Large corporations for finely working for the good of the majority of Americans. Even if the only reason is to make you billions.

  6. Hopefully the FBI can come up with more clever ways to figure out who the criminals are without invading our right to privacy. Get off your buts and find the local PC, not track, misuse, and abuse the rights off non-criminals. Happy to see company’s are finally starting to stand up!

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