FBI in Talks with Apple and Google Concerning Device Encryption Settings

FBI in Talks with Apple and Google Concerning Device Encryption Settings

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The FBI has reportedly been in talks with Apple and Google regarding the way tech giants were improving security and privacy. When iOS 8 launched, Apple announced that it would no longer be able to decrypt devices for law enforcement. Google also followed suit and announced similar encryption settings would be coming to Android as well.

As Apple noted:
On devices running iOS 8, your personal data such as photos, messages (including attachments), email, contacts, call history, iTunes content, notes, and reminders is placed under the protection of your passcode. Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data. So it's not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.

However, FBI director James Comey said he was 'very concerned' with the steps that tech giants were taking to strengthen privacy on mobile devices.

"I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is beyond the law," Comey told reporters. "What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves above the law."

"I like and believe very much that we should have to obtain a warrant from an independent judge to be able to take the content of anyone's closet or their smart phone," he said. "The notion that someone would market a closet that could never be opened -- even if it involves a case involving a child kidnapper and a court order -- to me does not make any sense."

The FBI says so far the talks between the companies have only concerned the "marketing" of the devices.

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FBI in Talks with Apple and Google Concerning Device Encryption Settings
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FukByIgnorance - September 26, 2014 at 6:18pm
Incryption has been done for many years and software to decrypt it has been around as well. Apple releases something that can't be decrypt on their devices and of course google will follow (when will it be, who would know?). Ask the FBI agent what kind of phone they use and see if they want their privacy taking from them? The freedom to your privacy is still something I hold dearly. There are other means of getting information from people without taking the common liberty from others.
Wow1 - September 28, 2014 at 12:27am
Well, actually Android had encryption since the days of Android 3.0, so apple follows google not the other way around.
Wow1 - September 28, 2014 at 12:28am
Here the reference in the Android API of 3.0 https://source.android.com/devices/tech/encryption/android_crypto_implementation.html
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Intrusive - September 26, 2014 at 1:31pm
This is coming from Director of the FBI. Scary stuff from a "huge believer in the rule of law," with so much power.
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Jethro - September 26, 2014 at 3:23am
And to those who say, or think, the government has no right every to go through a persons phone, they have every right W/ A VALID WARRANT!
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