Smartphone Data Encryption: A Renewed Boundary for Law Enforcement? [October 17, 2014] [open pdf - 54KB]
"Modern-day criminals constantly develop new techniques to facilitate their illicit activities. They have adapted to cross, circumvent, and exploit a number of boundaries--including geographic borders, law enforcement jurisdiction, turf, and cyberspace--which simultaneously present obstacles for the officials tasked with combating these malicious actors. In the fast-changing technology space that is today, law enforcement faces a renewed boundary in crime-fighting. According to Attorney General Eric Holder, '[r]ecent technological advances have the potential to greatly embolden online criminals, providing new methods ... to avoid detection.' [...] Policy makers may debate which is more advantageous for the nation on the whole: (1) increased security coupled with potentially fewer data breaches and possibly greater impediments to law enforcement investigations, or (2) increased access to data paired with potentially greater vulnerability to malicious actors."
CRS Insight, IN10166