FBI Wants Congress to Force Phone Makers to Add Back Door

Posted by at 2:05 pm on October 17, 2014

FBIFBI Director James Comey has again voiced his displeasure with the new encryption tools added to Android 5.0 Lollipop and iOS 8.

Both Google and Apple added the default encryption to their mobile operating systems in order to protect user data. Comey says this is an impediment to law enforcement, making it more difficult — if not impossible — to intercept real-time communication, such as phone calls and text messages.

Comey said more and more criminals are turning to technology to hide or enable their unlawful activities. He beseeched Congress to create legislation that will require tech companies to provide back-door access to encrypted communications between suspected criminals. The American Civil Liberties Union disagrees.

“Any effort by the FBI to weaken encryption leaves our highly personal information and our business information vulnerable to hacking by foreign governments and criminals,” said ACLU director Laura Murphy. Congress has not responded publicly to Comey’s comments.

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