FBI Director says automatic data encryption could hurt criminal investigations

FBI Director says automatic data encryption could hurt criminal investigations

Addressing a gathering at the Brookings Institution in Washington on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey warned that criminal investigations will be affected by automatic data encryption measures which bigwig tech companies
- like Apple and Google - are adding to their devices and operating systems.

Despite the fact that data breaches of late have highlighted how insecure personal data is in the present times, Comey has put forth the argument that automatic data encryption by tech companies can apparently make users' personal data on their mobile handsets and computers 'too secure.'

Comey asserted that the addition of automatic data encryption by companies like Apple and Google "threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place."

To elaborate his point, Comey drew attention to the cases in which digital evidence has been of immense help to FBI's investigations. Comey particularly mentioned the cases involving a sex-offending cab driver in Louisiana, an violent mother in Los Angeles, a drug racket in Kansas, and a reckless driver in California.

Pointing out that each of the cases shows the value of law enforcement's ability to read files on mobile handsets, Comey said: "Encryption isn't just a technical feature. It's a marketing pitch. But it will have very serious consequences for law enforcement and national security agencies at every level."

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