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.