FBI Director Christopher Wray recently announced at a conference that the agency was unable to decrypt close to 7,000 devices over the past year.
According to Wray, encryption has significantly hindered the organization from investigations related to serious crimes like drug trafficking, terrorism, gang activity, and organized crime.
While speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia, he said, “to put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem.” He suggested that various tech organizations develop a type of “responsible encryption” protocol where data is inaccessible to the general public (should it get into the wrong hands), but can be decrypted by law enforcement in cases where public safety is at stake.
The agency admitted that they have little hope of tech corporations reconsidering their stance on encryption. I think it’s safe to say that the general public is also happy with how things are, especially with all the slip ups at the infamous National Security Agency (NSA).