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FBI overestimated the number of encrypted phones while arguing for workarounds

The FBI has admitted that it overestimated—by potentially 550 percent, sources say—the number of cellphones investigators cannot access due to encryption.The miscount was…
ABA Journal

FBI Over-Counted Encrypted Phones Connected To Crimes — By A Lot

For about seven months, the bureau has been telling Congress and the public that potential evidence on nearly 7,800 blocked devices continues to elude investigators. Those numbers are way off.

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FBI agents are still working to access the phone of the TX church gunman.
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FBI Says No Misconduct in Inflated Number of Encrypted Phones

The FBI sought to defend itself from mounting accusations it had irresponsibly relied on inflated statistics about the number of encrypted phones investigators were unable to access last year, saying..
Wall Street Journal

FBI reportedly overestimated inaccessible encrypted phones by thousands

The FBI seems to have been caught fibbing again on the topic of encrypted phones. FBI director Christopher Wray estimated in December that it had almost 7,800 phones that investigators were unable to..
TechCrunch Also reported by •CrunchGear

FBI again finds itself unable to unlock a gunman's cellphone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might..
SeattlePI.com Also reported by •SFGate

House committee OKs bill on deceased people's social media, but stalls on encrypted phones

The committee was unable to pass a bill aimed at forcing companies to provide access to law enforcement on cell phones.

Law officials push for encryption-bypass legislation

NEW YORK — Calling it an issue of victims’ rights, the Manhattan district attorney urged Congress to pass legislation that would require tech companies to give law enforcement a way to access..
SFGate Also reported by •CNSNews.comABCNews.comSeattlePI.comSeattle Timesajc.com

ACLU Finds Widespread Use of All Writs Act to Compel Cooperation

aclu finds widespread use of all writs act to compel cooperation
The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday announced that it had identified dozens of criminal cases in which the government has made requests for cooperation in unlocking encrypted phones -- both..
E-Commerce Times

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