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In attack on encryption, FBI director ignores those who need protection
In attack on encryption, FBI director ignores those who need protection

The leaks of celebrity photos stored on iCloud or exchanged via Snapchat have focused the public's attention on how insecure their data are. And yet FBI Director James Comey is trying to persuade us that we face the opposite risk: The personal data on our phones and computers may become too secure. Talk about cognitive dissonance. In a speech Thursday at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Comey warned that the automatic data encryption that Apple and Google are adding to their operating system "threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place." Said Comey, "With Apple’s new operating system, the information stored on many iPhones and other Apple...

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