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FBI director not happy with Apple, Google encryption on smartphones

FBI director James Comey isn't happy with Google and Apple for using encryption to keep user devices better secure
By: Michael Hatamoto | Hacking & Security News | Posted: Oct 16, 2014 9:30 pm

U.S. FBI Director James Comey isn't a big fan of the encryption technologies used by Google Android and Apple iOS devices, saying they could interfere with police investigations. The FBI were able to use court orders to gain access to devices, but there is a growing number of law enforcement unable to crack into phones, tablets and laptops.




"If this becomes the norm, I suggest to you that homicide cases could be stalled, suspects walked free, child exploitation not discovered and prosecuted," Comey said.


Comey's comments are ill-timed, as American smartphone owners aren't impressed by government surveillance and snooping - revelations made public by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year.


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