Everything you do on your phone and computer is recorded forever. If your phone is on and you have it with you, all your movements are tracked as well as front and back pictures taken at least every time you turn your screen off, if not more. Your Internet-connected security cameras are recorded in the cloud – never to be erased. If you are in contact with a suspected criminal on the phone or Facebook, then your life is likely to be also reviewed.
FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday that federal investigators have still been unable to access the contents of a cellphone belonging to one of the killers in the Dec. 2 shootings in San Bernardino, California, due to encryption technology.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the phenomenon of communications “going dark” due to more sophisticated technology and wider use of encryption is “overwhelmingly affecting” law enforcement operations, including investigations into murder, car accidents, drug trafficking and the proliferation of child pornography.
“We still have one of those killer’s phones that we have not been able to open,” Comey said about the San Bernardino attack.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, launched the Islamic State-inspired attack with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, 29, at a social services agency in the California city, leaving 14 dead.
Comey and other federal officials have long warned that powerful encryption poses a challenge for criminal and national security investigators though the FBI director added Tuesday that “overwhelmingly this is a problem that local law enforcement sees.”
Technology experts and privacy advocates counter that so-called “back door” access provided to authorities would expose data to malicious actors and undermine the overall security of the Internet.
It’s a brave new world out there. You would be wise to consider yourself under constant surveillance. Right now the weakness is the inability to search adequately through all the information they gather. Once they get a handle on that, all your imperfections will be searchable.
Our government can listen in on anyone’s phone anytime they like. This case against Bergdahl should be a lot easier than the problems they are running into.
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