It's been a week or so since Apple and Google announced that they'd be encrypting its customers' personal information. Well, FBI director James Comey had something to say about that. In a talk at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., called "Going Dark: Are Technology, Privacy, and Public Safety on a Collision Course," he made some pretty bold claims about why law enforcement should have access to everyone's information.
Comey argued that there are too many calling and messaging tools for the FBI to even try to keep up with. He also claimed that many of these companies were unwilling to give the FBI backdoor access to their records. I'd sure like to see a list of the companies that keep your information private, but I digress.
Near the end of his talk at Brookings, Comey asked Congress to revise the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act for next-generation communications tech. CALEA is about 20 years old, but the White House has refused any requests for revising it until now.
What I found interesting about this talk was that even for all of his claims that encrypting phones would hinder criminal investigations, Comey couldn't provide a single example for when encryption let a criminal go free. While I definitely understand how important phones can be when pursuing criminals, I don't think that anyone should have "backdoor" access to my personal information.
What do you think? Would you want the FBI snooping on your personal information? Leave me a comment with your thoughts!