Lazy FBI director warns against cellphone encryption

The short version is that people will have to much privacy and he thinks that is a bad thing.

ASSOCIATED PRESS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014 3:30 PM GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI director is warning against smartphone encryption.

James Comey is talking about tech companies like Apple and Google that say their new operating systems will be encrypted, or protected by coding. Comey says encrypting smartphone data has serious consequences for law enforcement and national security agencies.

Comey spoke Thursday at the Brookings Institution. He says encryption is like a safe that can’t be cracked or a closet that can’t be opened. The FBI director says justice may be denied because of a locked phone and that critical information routinely comes from smartphones, hard drives and online sources.

Comey says while some people believe the government sweeps up all cellphone communications or has access to all communications at all times, that’s not the case.