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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Washington (AFP) – Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey hit out at Apple and Google over new data-security measures designed to reassure customers wary of government prying.

Google and Apple this month announced they are hardening encryption tactics on devices powered by their mobile operating systems.

The move should mean that even if law enforcement agencies have court-issued search warrants, they will be blocked from getting hold of pictures, messages and other personal data stored on newer Android or Apple smartphones and tablets.

“I am a huge believer in the rule of law,” Comey told journalists.

“But I also believe that no one in this country is beyond the law. What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”

Comey said the FBI had had initial discussions with Apple and Google about the new security measures. He said law enforcement, with a search warrant, must have access to data on criminals’ smartphones.

In a reference to U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, the FBI head said that in a “post-Snowden world… this is an indication (some corporations) go too far.”

AFP Photo/Kimihiro Hoshino

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  • Paul Bass

    Yes, and in a post Snowden world the average citizen (and the Supreme Court, in many cases) realizes that the FBI should NOT have the right to everything on your smartphone.

    • You see, we can find some common ground. I agree. As I have stated many times before, we have an out of control government that is corrupt and self serving. It is not just liberals. It is not just republicans. Both are wanting to keep the power they have over the American people. That is all they care about. While we once had a government designed to serve the American people, we now have a government that RULES over us.

      • [email protected]

        Yes, I think most Americans, on all sides, can agree we don’t want the FBI to have access to EVERYTHING on our smartphones! I’m sure JenLaw, RiRi and other celebs would agree.