FBI director Christopher Wray looks set to reignite the security vs privacy debate after revealing that his agency failed to access “more than half” the devices it recently tried to unlock.
In the first 11 months of the fiscal year, agents couldn’t extract data from almost 7000 mobile devices.
“To put it mildly, this is a huge, huge problem,” Wray told the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia.
“It impacts investigations across the board—narcotics, human trafficking, counterterrorism, counterintelligence, gangs, organized crime, child exploitation.”
The encryption argument is one that often appears in the wake of terrorist attacks, and it reached new levels during the San Bernardino iPhone case last year.
A judge had ordered Apple to help the FBI access the locked iPhone 5c that belonged to Syed Rizwan Farook, one of the San Bernardino shooters.