FBI Director James Comey said that he was “very concerned” about decision on Apple and Google to implement data encryption by default on their Smartphones.
The FBI is concerned about the improvements made by Apple and Google for their solutions to defend the security and privacy of the users. The companies have implemented encryption by default on smartphones, the choice is pushed by the need of privacy manifested by the market to protect users from surveillance activities operated by governments on a global scale.
A few days ago Google announced it would adopt data encryption by default in the next version of the Android OS L. Apple, similarly, allows data encryption for iOS based devices starting from the iOS 8 version.
According to the FBI’s director James Comey, law enforcement will face many more problems to access smartphone for investigation with serious repercussions on the results of investigations.
Comey expressed his concern on the choice of mobile device vendors in designing “something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”
“There will come a day – well it comes every day in this business – when it will matter a great, great deal to the lives of people of all kinds that we be able to with judicial authorization gain access to a kidnapper’s or a terrorist or a criminal’s device,” Comey told reporters.
“I just want to make sure we have a good conversation in this country before that day comes. I’d hate to have people look at me and say, ‘Well how come you can’t save this kid,’ ‘How come you can’t do this thing.’” said Comey.
The FBI has already contacted both Apple and Google and requested to the companies information about the implementation of encryption.