Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday October 23, 2017

FBI Could Not Access Nearly 7K Devices Because of Encryption

In a speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia, FBI Director Wray said the FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year. He considers it a huge problem and wants to seek a balance between privacy and law enforcement needs. I'm not sure if a balance can ever be reached that is satisfactory for all sides and I expect this to continue to be heard in the courts for years to come.

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Wray also decried a potential "blind spot" for intelligence gathering if Congress doesn’t reauthorize an intelligence surveillance law set to expire at the end of the year. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the government to collect information about militants, people suspected of cybercrimes or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other foreign targets outside the United States. Intelligence and law enforcement officials say the act is vital to national security.