Words of Advice:

"Never Feel Sorry For Anyone Who Owns an Airplane."-- Tina Marie

"
If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"
Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It.
" -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Friday, September 26, 2014

FBI Director Looks For Someone to Blame, Avoids Mirrors.

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.
First off, the FBI, the NSA, the DEA and the local cops have nobody to blame but themselves for this. People don't want them rummaging around in their shit. Apple and the other tech companies are (wait for it) responding to market forces.

Second, and more importantly, nothing will prevent law enforcement from getting a search warrant and then compelling the owner of the smartphone to unlock it. So the "we can't get the data, even with a warrant" mantra is bullshit.

What would be true is that the FBI and the other goons couldn't get the data in secret. Just like as it used to be with search warrants, at least, before the Patriot Act "legalized" secret searches.

2 comments:

Old NFO said...

Yep, bout to get interesting...

S O said...

"nothing will prevent law enforcement from getting a search warrant and then compelling the owner of the smartphone to unlock it."

Are you sure? This should be included in the right to shut up. You don't need to help your prosecutor.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_United_States_Constitution#Computer_passwords