FBI Director James Comey has warned in stark terms against the push by technology companies to encrypt smartphone data and operating systems
We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications from information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so
The bogeyman makes dire warnings. The dicks are afraid that Joe Public has had enough of the FBI trawling their daily lives. You might have the legal right, but you certainly ain't using those rights for public good. Encryption will put the NSA spooks and traitors like Assange, Snowden, Hager out of a job. IMHO, that is good.
The baddies will already be encrypted to the max if they've any sense.
he could not cite particular instances in which someone was rescued from danger who wouldn't have been had law enforcement been blocked from that information ... cited access to cell phone data aided in a criminal investigation
"Logic tells me there are going to be cases like that,"
Really? I'd say your logic is nothing but scaremongering.
A footnote: After the massive data breaches of late, which only reinforce nothing in plain text is secure on a network, everything stored online should be encrypted at source, decrypted at point of usage.
Mr Aardvark feels the same way. You can stick your "for the public good".