FBI Claims It Has No Record Of Why It Deleted Its Recommendation To Encrypt Phones
from the maybe-it-was-encrypted dept
A couple of years ago, I wrote about how — just as the FBI was whining about encryption and “going dark” — it was, at the same time, urging people to encrypt their mobile phones to protect against crime:
It, of course, took much longer than the legally mandated 20-day response time, but the FBI has finally “responded” to tell me that it can’t find anything. So sorry, too bad.
Based on the information you provided, we conducted a search of the locations or entities where records responsive to your request would reasonably be found. We were unable to locate records responsive to your request. If you have additional information that may assist in locating records concerning the subject of your request, please provide us the details and we will conduct an additional search.
It is, of course, entirely possible that my request was not clear enough — though I specifically pointed them to where the URL used to be and what was on it. So I’m not entirely sure what other information to provide in response. And that’s part of the problem with the FOIA process. It’s something of a guessing game, where if you don’t guess exactly the proper way to phrase what you want, they’ll just come back with a no responsive documents response. Of course, perhaps they just encrypted the information on an iPhone and they won’t be able to get it for me unless they win their fight against Apple… right?