Solidot | Manhattan prosecutors call for an encrypted backdoor

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The Manhattan district Attorney Cy Vance said in a report released last week that new laws are needed to force Apple, Google and other technology companies to modify their software enables law enforcement agencies to unlock their smartphones in criminal investigations. The report says that traditional investigative methods such as searching for suspected targets, enforcing surveillance and telephone hacking are often ineffective when gathering enough evidence to prosecute criminal activity. Unfortunately, the report says, most of today’s criminal evidence exists in a space that was largely unheard of 2014 years ago, and even if a search warrant does not capture information from smartphones, the design of smartphones objectively prevents law enforcement from obtaining information. Civil liberties and Internet-enabled organizations have denounced the weakening of smartphone encryption, saying they threaten privacy, even U.S. national security and global competitiveness.