August 10, 2015
The most recent warnings from law enforcement leaders of the dangers of mass encryption of mobile phones, email and other communications is reigniting concern about what the U.S. FBI calls, “Going dark.” That refers to the challenge law enforcement faces in tracking criminals and terrorists who use their encrypted mobile phones and computers to communicate. It is a conversation that has been talking place in the law enforcement community for some time. Below are relevant newspaper articles and speeches on this topic.
Washington Times, Aug. 17, 2015: “Encryption: Officials seek ‘backdoor’ entry points; critics decry government overreach.” (Hacking Team is quoted in this story regarding encrypted mobile devices.)
New York Times, Aug. 11, 2015: Manhattan DC and other law enforcement leaders call for solution to encryption on mobile devices. The writers: Cyrus R. Vance Jr. is the Manhattan district attorney. François Molins is the Paris chief prosecutor. Adrian Leppard is the commissioner of the City of London Police. Javier Zaragoza is the chief prosecutor of the High Court of Spain.
U.S. FBI Director James Comey Senate testimony, July 8, 2015: “Going Dark: Encryption, Technology, and the Balances Between Public Safety and Privacy”
Financial Times, Nov. 3, 2014: “The web is a terrorist’s command-and-control network of choice.” The writer: Robert Hannigan is the director of GCHQ, a UK government intelligence and security organisation.