U.S. Attorney General Criticizes Data Encryption By Apple, Google


It’s no secret that iOS 8 has caused a lot of problems for a lot of people, including law enforcement officials worried about data encryption. Apple’s new operating system is also receiving criticism from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who said officers should not be blocked from any information they need to investigate a crime.

Google’s upcoming update of their Android operating system also has data encryption that’s too sophisticated for users to unlock. Apple’s new iPhone 6 has officials concerned because the data encryption will not allow them to get access — even with a search warrant.

Holder, while speaking to a group at the Global Alliance Against Child Sexual Abuse Online, said, “It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy.”

The U.S. Justice Department clarified that they just want cooperation from the companies in finding a solution.

FBI Director James Comey brought up the issue last week, when he said, “What concerns me about this is companies marketing something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”