James Comey, the FBI director has slammed Google and Apple for the reports that their smartphones are going to be police proof.
It is said that the soon to be unveiled Android L OS will help smartphone users encrypting their data by default. Apple has already announced that their smartphones on iOS 8 and above versions will be featuring data encryption by default. This will prevent the hackers and fraudsters who can access the smartphones by illegal activities.
It has to be noted that such provision is there for a long time now, but regular users are not aware of such feature. Thus by default, the users data is not encrypted and has to be enabled manually.
According to James Comey, such features will obstruct the police investigation in solving serious cases like child pornography, murder or even terrorist activity. Even if the FBI holds a valid search warrant, such encryption will prevent them from accessing the Android and iOS users private data (pictures, contacts, browser history).
Comey also said that he already had a discussion related to these security concerns with Apple and Google. He said such encryption features by default may make people feel above the law.
Speaking to a group of journalists, the FBI director said, “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”
Both Google and Apple is yet to respond to Comey’s publicly announced concerns. Tim Cook earlier this month said, “People have a right to privacy.”