Maybe this shouldn't make me laugh, but it did:
FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants.
"Even when they have valid search warrants"! Also when they don't. Thanks, Google and Apple, for getting the intrusive security state off our backs! It's much appreciated.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks.
Oh, well. Time to go back to real police work, not one that relies on wholesale collection of private date, sometimes with "a valid search warrant," oftentimes without. Since we don't know which is which, particularly with laws preventing technology companies from disclosing such requests and the existence of "secret courts," then loving you. You've earned the right to be mistrusted.
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