submit@infiniteprivacy.com
Personal Privacy

Is the FBI Doubling Down on Its War on Cryptography?

The Infinite Brief
For the past few years, the FBI and other authorities have revived the “War on Crypto” because they say it prevents them from accessing devices that they need to bring killers and terrorists to justice.

FBI director Christopher Wray has been fond of claiming that the Bureau was locked out of some 7,775 devices last year.

It turns out that the FBI wildly inflated those figures, according to the Washington Post. The Bureau still doesn’t know the exact number of devices that have apparently been so central in the miscarriage of justice.

If previous numbers are to be believed, the true number is probably closer to 1,000.

Could this “accidental miscounting” have been a purposeful ploy to undermine strong encryption? A review of the FBI’s recent public and behind-the-scenes activities certainly makes it look that way.

The FBI should not have inflated the number of devices that they say they cannot access. This egregious error would be especially contemptible if it was a naked lie in pursuit of a policy goal.

Originally via Reason

If you were to take law enforcement at its word, you would believe that the encryption techniques that secure our data actually end up serving criminals who would do us harm.

See the original article at https://reason.com/archives/2018/05/29/is-the-fbi-trying-to-bolster-its-war-on

Leave a Response