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The FBI Is Outraged: Google and Apple Have Locked Them Out.

Written by Gary North on September 26, 2014

It is an outrage.  That’s the official word from the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.

His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.

We’ll be sorry. All those child pornographers are getting a free pass.

Basic rule: when a law enforcement official invokes the boogeyman of the child pornographer, some policy is infringing on his organization’s mission creep.

The war on terrorism must move forward. The loss of Americans’ privacy is not too high a price to pay.

If you have done anything wrong, you are not at risk.

If you have done anything wrong, you have no right of privacy.

How wrong? The FBI will decide that, after they have found out what you did.

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10 thoughts on “The FBI Is Outraged: Google and Apple Have Locked Them Out.

  1. Gee, poor little fedies can't snoop in others business

  2. More and more companies will follow, as it saves them money.

    They won't have to work for free anymore – doesn't matter who subpoenas the company, as they now can't decrypt customer data.

  3. Grumpy Old Man says:

    I would like to remain hid behind my pseudonym. However, I must tell you my associates regard me as a technologist and I STILL don't fully understand encryption. Nevertheless, I loudly applaud Google and Apple if they indeed are siding with the individual patriot in opposing the oppressive power of corrupt government. The federal government continues to exceed its constitutional mandate and is corrupt in a corresponding degree.

  4. I worked on cryptography since 1966, U.S. Navy, and mainframe computers. There is no way you can break a good encryption. The first system I set up was "NEVER" even logged into. Basically you had to have the formula, and several variables that were selected by the user.. Then had to know when to login, and have the computed key at that second. Rots a Ruck! And there are encryption programs that will scramble your data before sending. So you can read the encrypted data, but decrypting it is impossible. At least not in time to ever use it.

    They are trying to say Apple has been hit with a virus. NO, Java has. I don't use Java or Flash as they are NOT secure. In 15 years I've never had one problem on my Mac. And my first one still works fine!

  5. So back to groping Granny?
    Good for Google and Apple.
    The FBI and NSA still need a Warrant and Probable Cause.

  6. Had general law enforcement not stooped so low as to confiscate phones at the side of the road during minor traffic stops, and, no warrant or probable cause, downloaded everything in the device perhaps Apple would never have felt the pressure (from whatever source) to develop this hgher level encryption system. So, police, by unlawfully taking things way too far, are now chuffed that the makers of the devices have now ended their game? Good on em, they deserve it. When the po po begin to respect we as people, and our rights as guaranteed by the supreme law of this land (no, I mean the written document, NOT its convenient "interpretation" by those nine sellouts in black bathroes) perhaps two things will happen: their jobs will be a LOT easier, and WE the people will be a lot more disposed to trust and cooperate with them.

    My bet is that Apple and Google have done this not so much to foil law enforcement as to protect their respective customers from loss of security and privacy in the event the phone is lost or stolen, and falls into the hands of corrupt individuals. It is more to safeguard the overall security of their customers than to thumb their noses at LE. Interesting LE are all in a dither over their "loss of access", which, in a huge percentage of cases, is unaurhotised and illegal straightaway. I think I need to look into whether this new OS 8 can be installed on MY device. I won't have to hide my phone and turn it off whenever I see those blue blinking lights….

  7. Perhaps if law enforcement followed the law and got a warrant…the fed would not have been shut out

    Most of law enforcement are abusing the rights of private citizens. And lately you yourselves have been acting like terrorists out on the road

  8. Plus, the FBI can’t add: when they recently published their amended crime stats for 2012, it showed 0 murders in Newtown, CT, for the entire year. Big whoops at Sandy Hook!

  9. Whats it Matter says:

    I don't know if I buy it, this sounds like a great Apple and Google ad to me. What a good way to help sell those new Apple 6 I phones.

  10. Empty Pockets says:

    Gee, seems he also likes Goebbels…"If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear."

    Yeah, riiiight. Progressives are first and foremost Statists. All they do is to increase the control of the almighty, all consuming, metastatic cancer of the State over everyone and everything. And they never, ever, ever quit.

    It would be dumb to think what the corps are doing will stop the State. Just as the private sector finds work-arounds for laws, regs and overreach, so, too, does the State find ways to sneak back in and hide it better. This is, at best, a temporary reprieve.