The FBI Director James Corney has warned the world against data encryption in smartphones. His concern lies with the murder suspects as they could roam freely without worries if their data is encrypted in their hard drive.
The claims by James Corney have however been ridiculed by the privacy advocates and technology experts. They have termed the argument a recycled and more exaggerated one.
James Corney argued that the encryption of data would make it more difficult for the Police to crack the evidence against criminals and many of the investigations would impede due to it. This is a serious concern and the FBI Chief has already warned the government against the implementation of data encryption.
Corney stated in a speech at the Brookings Institution, “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”.
A couple of cases were cited by Corney in which the cell phone data helped the criminal investigation to a great extent. However, Corney could not pick point a particular case where someone’s life was rescued by looking at the cell phone data. He also added, “Rescuing someone before they’re harmed? Someone in the trunk of a car or something? Logic tells me there are going to be cases just like that.”
Similar speeches have previously been made by the law enforcement officers in order to evade the idea of data encryption. It has already been announced that the new operating systems of Google and Apple will be encrypted. The speech by Corney has actually come right after the announcement from the above mentioned companies. Now, it will be interesting to see how the government thinks and acts about the encryption idea.
Earlier, there were many media reports that suggest FBI and NSA has turned their head towards Apple’s new iPhone encryption system. And soon later, Apple claims that their encryption codes are hard to break. Privacy watchdogs and the people who concerned about privacy won’t believe every word uttered by the U.S. tech firms on privacy nowadays, because the relationship between the government supported SPY firms and the tech firms built long ago.
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