FBI Director James Comey

Comey: FBI struggled to open hundreds of encryped devices

FBI director James Comey says his agency’s capacity to gather evidence is shrinking as encryption technology grows more complex.

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, UNITED STATES (DC POOL) – U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey spoke on his agency’s role in the intelligence community on Wednesday (March 29), saying the FBI’s capacity to gather evidence is shrinking as encryption technology grows more complex.

“If the FBI works in room, a corner of the room has always been dark for the last 20 years. Sophisticated actors could always find encryption to lock up a device, encryption to cover data in motion,” he said.

“What’s happened since the summer of 2013 is that dark spot has spread through the whole room. October, November and December, 2,800 were presented to the authorities of the US some provided for FBI investigation other from state and local partners. They gave them to the FBI saying, we have a court order can you help us… in 43 percent of those cases we could not open devices with any technique. That is the shadow falling across the work.”