FBI exaggerates encryption hurdle in catching bad guys

fbi against encryption

The Washington Post has uncovered that the FBI has “repeatedly provided grossly inflated statistics to Congress and the public about the extent of problems posed by encrypted cellphones.” The FBI is not a fan of encryption. It believes it puts a huge stumbling block between them and the bad guys, and it has claimed investigators were locked out of nearly 7,800 devices connected to crimes last year. The right number however was more likely between just 1,000 and 2,000.

The NSA is also not a fan of encryption. They like it far better when they can just see what everyone has on their phones, in their clouds and in their emails. It makes their job of protecting the world and perving over private images much easier.

But recent developments that FBI Director Christopher A. Wray cited bloated figures Congress over seven months shows that encryption does far more good than it does harm. It is not a suspicious tool solely used by people with something to hide. It is a vital tool that should be used by anyone who gives two dimes about their privacy. 

The FBI realized its numbers were amiss about a month ago.  The FBI said that despite the counting error, “Going Dark remains a serious problem for the FBI, as well as other federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners. … The FBI will continue pursuing a solution that ensures law enforcement can access evidence of criminal activity with appropriate legal authority.”

The FBI has long argued that encrypting data so they cannot see it makes people less safe, but we at get2Clouds believe the exact opposite. Encryption prevents crime by protecting data from hackers.