Absolutely Disgusting: Eric Holder Implies That Mobile Encryption Will Lead To Dead & Abused Kids

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Well, you knew it was coming. First, law enforcement trotted out random low level "law enforcement officials" to freak out about Apple and Google's announced plans to make encryption the default on mobile phones. Then it got taken up a notch when FBI boss James Comey lashed out at the idea, bizarrely arguing that merely encrypting your data made individuals "above the law" (none of that is accurate). And, now, Comey's boss, Attorney General Eric Holder has stepped up to issue a similar warning. However, Holder has cynically chosen to do so at the Biannual Global Alliance Conference Against Child Sexual Abuse Online.

At this point, it's all too predictable that when anyone in power is getting ready to take away your rights, they'll figure out a way to claim that it's "for the children!" The statements over the past week by law enforcement, Comey and now Holder are clearly a coordinated attack -- the start of the new crypto wars (a repeat of what we went through a decade and a half ago), designed to pass some laws that effectively cripple encryption and put backdoors in place. Holder's take on this is to cynically pull on heartstrings about "protecting the children" despite this having nothing, whatsoever, to do with that.
When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so.
Again, as stated last week, the same argument could be made about walls and doors and locks.
It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy.
The key issue here is "adequately" and forgive many of us for saying so, but the public no longer trusts the DOJ/NSA/FBI to handle these things appropriately. And, just as importantly, we have little faith that the backdoors that the DOJ is pushing for here aren't open to abuse by others with malicious intent. Protecting personal privacy is about protecting personal privacy -- and the way you do that is with encryption. Not backdoors.

But Holder used this opportunity to cynically pile on about criminals using encryption, rather than noting any of the important benefits towards privacy they provide:
Recent technological advances have the potential to greatly embolden online criminals, providing new methods for abusers to avoid detection. In some cases, perpetrators are using cloud storage to cheaply and easily store tens of thousands of images and videos outside of any home or business – and to access those files from anywhere in the world. Many take advantage of encryption and anonymizing technology to conceal contraband materials and disguise their locations.
The DOJ has long wanted to restart the crypto wars that it lost (very badly) last time around (even though that "loss" helped enable parts of the internet to thrive by making it more secure). For years it's been looking to do things like reopen wiretapping statutes like CALEA and mandate wiretap backdoors into all sorts of technology. Now it's cynically jumping on this bit of news about Apple and Google making it just slightly easier to protect your privacy to try to re-open those battles and shove through new laws that will emphatically decrease your privacy.

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    Ninja (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 5:00am

    Excuse me mr Holder but I'd rather live with the dim risk of my kid falling in the hands of your fictional psychopath than having the very same kid live in a totalitarian, Police State future. The said child abuser is merely a small, statistically insignificant probability that law enforcement can maintain low by using basic investigative measures while the other is almost certain and will permeate all aspects of this kid life later.

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      David, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:24am

      Re:

      You are assuming that totalitarian police states are reducing the influence of psychopaths on your children's lives. History as well as basic sociology and logic would disagree.

      The way to curb psychopaths is to keep them out of the phones of your children. Because it gives them power to wield over your children.

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        Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:46am

        Re: Re:

        Actually, the way to curb psychopaths would be to perform regular free and mandatory psychiatric evaluations on everyone and treat those that need it before it's too late, but that would require far too much actual effort.

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          Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:59am

          Re: Re: Re:

          "mandatory psychiatric evaluations"

          That's just crazy. Hmm... we better get you in to treatment.

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          Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:15am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Curbing psychopaths isn't something you do with a car?

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          nasch (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:56am

          Re: Re: Re:

          Actually, the way to curb psychopaths would be to perform regular free and mandatory psychiatric evaluations on everyone and treat those that need it before it's too late, but that would require far too much actual effort.

          Agreed. That is such a miniscule problem, it would not be worth the expense or invasion of privacy.

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        Ninja (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:14am

        Re: Re:

        Said child abusers are not an issue that warrants full time mass surveillance. It isn't even an issue some places. And old investigative work will get to them. Also, if you are a good parent you'll not allow a child to own a mobile phone up to a point and then properly warn them about the dangers. You know, good parenting.

        Dangers exist. You may die of a plane falling in your head right now. Or lightning. Or the ground collapsing under you. Or a mugging. Or some schizophrenic deciding to stab you. Or some SWAT raid gone wrong. What are you gonna do? Isolate yourself in a bubble? Why not just live your life while mitigating the risks without being paranoid?

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:27am

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      >Excuse me mr Holder but I'd rather live with the dim risk of my kid falling in the hands of your fictional psychopath

      Too late. He's already fallen into the hands of Eric Holder.

      Sad to say, this psychopath is not fictional.

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:00am

      Re:

      But, but, but... child abuse is OK if the abuser has badge!

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    That One Guy (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 5:22am

    Silver lining

    While disgusting that so many seem to be pulling the 'Think of the children!' to try and attack encryption, I can't help but see it as a good sign.

    It's pretty obvious they're panicking, doing everything they can to undermine the rollout of increase encryption and slip in backdoors for what's there, and they'd only do so if said encryption was giving them problems, and since the more problems they have the better, the shrillness of their claims is actually a good thing I'd argue, as it suggests that they're getting desperate.

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      Ninja (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 5:59am

      Re: Silver lining

      Except they can pressure the right people to 'tweak' the law to make things easier for them. It's like an animal when cornered, there's nothing else to be done so let's claw and bite and try to kill anything that gets near. I wonder if they can be contained or the world can move on into the future before too much damage is done?

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        Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:13am

        Re: Re: Silver lining

        Following tradition and history, a lot of damage must occur before you are able to force the sheeple to accept what has actually occurred.

        Let me provide the last 2 presidents as proof of how tolerant people are of their worthless leaders.

        Bush started the DHS with the blessings of the left, and now that the left are in charge they are thoroughly enjoying the power laying around extensively. Bet they scream like girls if a Repuke makes it to office.

        We are truly living up to the warning George Washington warned us of if we keep this party/identity bullshit going!

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          Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:19am

          Re: Re: Re: Silver lining

          This is exactly what I have been saying for years. I hate that the Repubs created the Patriot act but the Dems have taken to it like a duck to water.

          This is why Dems should be crying foul right now with all the abuses of the current administration. I am sure many think it is funny that the IRS targeted the right, but what are they goign to say if the right targets the left? Freedom and liberty can only be maintained when all sides are free from abuse from the other sides.

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    Violynne (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 5:58am

    To Eric Holder and anyone else who holds this belief:
    207758391128b98297a12270b54eed29

    Have a nice day.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:17am

    At least they're predictable. Better the devil you know. ^_^

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    Chris ODonnell (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:19am

    I'm with Holder. Who wants to return to the wild west days before smart phones, when all crimes went unsolved due to lack of evidence?

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    Roman, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:21am

    Their threats

    Government officials seem to imply that you should give up your liberty to save lives. Gee I wonder if anyone has ever said anything about giving me liberty or giving me death...

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:20am

      Re: Their threats

      "giving me liberty or giving me death"

      They will counter that you are an adult who may choose that philosophy but that you do not have the right to decide that for a child (IOW, you're not thinking OF THE CHILDREN, tsk, tsk)

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    Paul Clark, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:23am

    Encryption Protects Children

    So the counter arguement is that encrypting children's communications will prevent preadtors from listening in on the kids communications and using it to kidnap them. It is as likely as their scenario.

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    nasch (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:24am

    Think of the children

    He didn't even bother explaining why they need to decrypt people's files in order to protect children.

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    Anonymous Hero, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:26am

    What drives me crazy!

    What drives me crazy is that there is no logic behind this sort of argument. Does the gov't want to outlaw encryption??? NO. They cant, because that would destroy the Internet. Think of email, online banking. e-commerce, anything, and everything. There's no way in hell any gov't can outlaw encryption. Everyone depends on it.

    So what is this big media push about? At the end of the day, the issue doesn't have anything to do with phone encryption (which has been offered in the popular mobile OSs for years). What we're hearing, is that the issue regards the minor change of making the already-existing encryption feature turned on as the default setting. Think about that for a moment.

    The PR push is basically saying: if the already-existing encryption feature is enabled by default, children will be raped.

    This doesn't make any sense to me. The people who gain security from having the encryption enabled by default are the people who don't care to encrypt their phones in the first place because THEY'RE NOT RAPING CHILDREN.

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      nasch (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:53am

      Re: What drives me crazy!

      What we're hearing, is that the issue regards the minor change of making the already-existing encryption feature turned on as the default setting.

      I could be mistaken, but I think it's more than that. I think it's about who has the keys. Before, Apple had encryption keys. The government could go to Apple and they had the capability to decrypt a user's files. With this new system, Apple doesn't have the keys, only the user has them. So even if the government threatens to kill their children, Apple literally cannot decrypt the files, because they don't have the key needed to do so.

      What the government is screaming about is that they're losing the ability to lean on a few big compliant corporations to decrypt stuff, and will now have to get warrants against a larger number of individuals, many of whom will be much less cooperative.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:31am

    Not Just Paedos

    Encryption also protects the financial sector from investigation into massive securities fraud and embezzlement which could cause a global financial meltdown!! Or it protects the communications of war criminals who engaged in state-sanctioned torture! Or allows natsec employees to engage in ESPIONAGE^TM

    Just look at how many DOJ investigations that have failed to produce prosec- oh, +$@@;@!

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:01am

      Re: Not Just Paedos

      "Encryption also protects the financial sector from investigation into massive securities fraud and embezzlement"

      Actually, this isn't true. The SEC already requires open access to all email, SMS, etc., of all those in the financial community.

      So Holder can't blame his misfeasance on encrypted financial community communications.

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        Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:22am

        Re: Re: Not Just Paedos

        The SEC already requires open access to all email, SMS, etc., of all those in the financial community.

        So Holder can't blame his misfeasance on encrypted financial community communications.


        Unless they have multiple hard drive failures by key people. wink,wink,nudge,nudge

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:15am

      Re: Not Just Paedos

      I remember the last round of the crypto wars and a statement from then-president Bill Clinton. He stated at that time that bankers would be exempted from the proposed restrictions because, and I quote, "bankers are good citizens". Obviously, the rest of us peons were to be considered bad citizens.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:34am

    From most of the abductions that make the news, if they capture the person, and hence want to read the content of their phones, either they have just rescued the child, or more likely they are much too late.
    How many abducted children are still alive when the alarm is raised, except when they have a report of a kid being bundled into a vehicle?

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    Applesauce, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:39am

    Who else will have the key?

    In all these comments, everyone seems to keep forgetting that if the NSA and/or the FBI has a back door key, they will be unable to keep it secure. The Russian FSB will have it, and so will the Russian Mafia. The Chinese PLA will have it and all their friends too. It will be a long list and the key will be available for sale to anyone with $$$ soon after.

    If anyone doubts this, remember:
    1. The walker spy ring, which sold USA's most secure Navy codes to the Soviets (for mere pennies, BTW).
    2. The Robert Hanssen case, where the FBI's top counterintelligence officer was a Soviet Spy.
    3. All the ones who haven't been caught yet (Hanssen got away with it for 22 years).

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      John Fenderson (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:59am

      Re: Who else will have the key?

      True, although I am much more concerned about domestic spying by US agencies than I am by spying from foreign governments.

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        Michael, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:51am

        Re: Re: Who else will have the key?

        How far we have fallen when our own government spying on us is more concerning that that of a foreign government.

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      nasch (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:55am

      Re: Who else will have the key?

      In all these comments, everyone seems to keep forgetting that if the NSA and/or the FBI has a back door key, they will be unable to keep it secure.

      Perhaps you're not seeing it in the comments because it was already covered in the article: "And, just as importantly, we have little faith that the backdoors that the DOJ is pushing for here aren't open to abuse by others with malicious intent."

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:25am

      Re: Who else will have the key?

      And of course they'll just give the keys to their foreign "friends" (the 5 eyes, the Israelis, etc).

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:49am

    For the US government to start resorting to "save the children" demagoguery in order to silence dissent would suggest that playing the well-worn 'terrorism' card is no longer as effective as it once was.

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    Eric, 1 Oct 2014 @ 6:55am

    You forced their hand...

    Does the government not realize it was partially their actions that led these companies to take these steps?!

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      Charles (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:52am

      Re: You forced their hand...

      Of course they do, they are usong the wookie defense.

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      That One Guy (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 11:53am

      Re: You forced their hand...

      You understate it, it is entirely the fault of the government and police that forced the issue, by being so incredibly warrant averse, and showing that they can't be trusted on their own to follow the rules, so companies would have too force the issue by making encryption the standard.

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    Berenerd (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:00am

    Think of the children!

    When they are locked up, not by a common criminal or psychopath but by the government for their own safety because the world is a sick place....

    Seriously, yes, the children are our future, but protecting them from the world means they are not learning from anything and the world will just go down in flames.

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      BernardoVerda (profile), 2 Oct 2014 @ 5:44pm

      Re: Think of the children!

      You can teach your children to swim, or you can try to keep them away from any body of water larger than a bathtub, for the rest of their lives. Neither approach is "perfect", but only one of them generally works -- and it's also the one that's actually sustainable.

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    Just Another Anonymous Troll, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:04am

    Why bother fighting encryption?

    I don't see why he should have a problem with encryption. Didn't the NSA already crack it anyway?

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:08am

    But encryption protects children?

    But encryption protects children as then no one can access the photos of my children on my phone.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:09am

    So essentially he is saying that anyone who does anything in secret is a child abuser. Says a lot about people working for organizations that claim to need secrecy for their work, such as, say, in the field or law enforcement, or national security.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:19am

    Will there be cases of future harm to children because of encryption?, yes. Though one has to wonder at how hard it has been so far them to point to a specific case that encrypted phones would have had that effect.

    However, right now, today, how much harm is being done due to lack of encryption? Harm and abuse, and not just by government agencies that think they're above the law?
    And not just children, think of the adults, think of the businesses.

    Identity theft, release of private photos & email to the press. Harm to businesses by foreign countries. Stolen R&D, technology.

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    ahow628 (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:24am

    Safe - misnomer?

    Just had an awesome idea. How about we make a law saying that safes cannot have doors on them. Think about what people put in safes: criminal stuff! Obviously! There are probably hundreds of kidnapped kids locked in safes RIGHT NOW!

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    mcinsand, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:35am

    We need a super-upvote for Applesauce!!!

    subject line says it all, however...

    I do wonder if law enforcement had issues with lock technology as it became more sophisticated and less expensive. When house locks started to appear, did police worry about criminals being able to lock officers out of a building?

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:37am

    I just turned encryption on on my phone - for no other reason than that they don't want me to...

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:44am

    "It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so."

    Mr. Holder, the only worrisome thing here is your decision to use such a venue to denounce encryption. Perhaps you'd like to pursue other venues such as a children's hospital and tell them they're all there because of encryption. Your actions are shockingly disgusting and will only serve to alienate.

    Those companies thwarting this "ability" you claim are merely responding to YOUR government's actions with personal privacy. You should accept that as the consequence of spying on everyone.

    And anyone who uses "greatly embolden" in this line of dialogue & context (such as yourself), is flat out lying and/or has no idea of what they're talking about.

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    Hephaestus (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:45am

    Dear Mr Holder

    Has crying wolf on terrorism lost its ability to sway the population, is that why you are now resorting to the big gun of fear statements, "For the Children".

    I for one cringe every time I hear the words "to protect you from (insert flavor of the day threat here)" or "for the children". History shows, each time these phrases are used, you are attempting to reduce peoples rights.

    I am sure that most people, would prefer children live under the threat of abduction, rather than the totalitarian, 1984 style surveillance state, the US federal government seems intent on creating.

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    tomczerniawski, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:46am

    I think people like Eric Holder are far more of a threat to my kids than child molesters.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:51am

    It's like their fuzzy little heads just can't grasp the fact that their wholesale collection of people's data (and 'people' includes children) has repercussions.

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:10am

      Re:

      Which brings up a icky question - how much of the data the US government is collecting comes from or is about children? Since they're so concerned about it and all.

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        ryuugami, 2 Oct 2014 @ 2:01am

        Re: Re:

        Considering the amount of data they indiscriminately scoop up, the NSA&co must have the biggest child porn collection on the planet.

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          Anonymous Coward, 2 Oct 2014 @ 4:59am

          Re: Re: Re:

          ...and that giant pile of illegal images becomes even more interesting in jurisdictions with Strict Liability for possession of child porn.

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    Kiata, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:01am

    Eric Holder says "It's not wiping my ass with the Constitution until I've flushed the toilet..."

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:44am

    No loss with him gone

    Have you noticed how NOBODY is complaining that he is leaving? The silence is amazing.

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    TaCktiX, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:47am

    I do have to thank Eric Holder for one thing. He made me aware that I had an encryption option on this phone. Now locked down and encrypted.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:57am

    Isn't Holder already resigning? Then why should anyone care what he has to say? One would think he should be under an ethics review for everything he's done in his role.

    I also agree his statement is poorly worded. Mr. Holder, do you and Comey have the same writer?

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 8:59am

    I would much raqther have a V than a Face.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:23am

    "Recent technological advances have the potential to greatly embolden online criminals, providing new methods for abusers to avoid detection."

    Shouldn't that read "embiggen online criminals"? It appears that this comment is perfectly cromulent.

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    Chris Brand, 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:38am

    adequately

    "while still adequately protecting personal privacy"

    I believe that the only person who can decide whether my privacy is "adequately" protected is me, not the government.

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    tqk (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 9:59am

    Statistics

    Recent technological advances have the potential to ...

    I look forward to the day when the people of the world outside the USA decide that to save the world, they must invade the US and force them all to learn about statistics, with mandatory refresher classes every so many years or whenever one of them says something like what I quoted above.

    Someone once joked that all the molecules in a glass of beer might all line up through Brownian Motion and decide to leap out of the glass. Yes, the potential is there but how likely is it? Not very. Vanishingly small, in fact.

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    silverscarcat (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:04am

    I have an idea!

    How about Eric Holder let us have all his passwords, along with the rest of the FBI, CIA and NSA? After all, what's good for me is good for you.

    What's that, Mr. Holder? I can't have them because it's private information? Well, why should you get my information then?

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:13am

    I would be loving this right now, except the country is going down the tubes

    On the one hand, I am absolutely loving it that the current administration is so corrupt, abusive, controlling, manipulative, deceitful and operating beyong the law. Listening to the left talk about how liberal/progressive policies are going to save the world and then seeing the trainwreck those policies cause is humorous to say the least. But then watching this country get destroyed by those policies is quite depressing.

    I know, I know, you are going to say that Dems/Repubs are 2 sides of the same coin and you are absolutely right. But many here, before seeing Obama and his chronies destroying this country, were crowing big time. Now that we see that the liberal lies are in fact lies, the crows are silent. Of course they have their old standby cries of racism, war on women, this phobia and that phobia. They don't seem to have slowed down there. But the economic, domestic and foreign policies have been shown to be the failures that they are.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:29am

    Investigators have tons of options to help them catch child predators. I guarantee if a child comes up missing, the police will perform cellphone tower dumps to see who was in the area where the abduction occurred.

    Once Investigators narrow down a list of suspects, they will then switch over to the more fine grain GPS logs to track a potential suspect's movements throughout the day in question.

    Holder is totally misrepresenting how a child abduction investigation actually operates. The last stage of the investigation involves confronting the suspect, searching their cellphone for pictures and most importantly. Checking the suspect's car, clothing, and pecker for DNA evidence.

    In no way did disk encryption impede the most crucial early stages of the investigation. Using service provider logs to narrow down the list of suspects who were in the vicinity where the crime occurred.

    There's also street cameras, store cameras, and automated license plate readers keeping a record of any vehicles or personnel in the area. Not to mention witness statements.

    If the DOJ can't solve a crime using all these investigative avenues, then disk encryption on phones is the least of their concern.

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      Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:59am

      Re:

      Yes, but the DOJ doesn't actually care about stopping child abuse. If they genuinely gave a damn, they would work on obvious things like cleaning up the foster care system and fixing the issues with Child Protective Services.

      Every time the DOJ brings up child abuse, it's as a straw man to promote their political agenda.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 10:40am

    Think of the children?

    I did.

    Who'd want to bring children into this authoritarian dictatorship?

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 11:07am

    At first I had a little giggle at Comey's statements. Now this seems serious.

    I guess we better prepare for the next Crypto War.

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    Rekrul, 1 Oct 2014 @ 12:12pm

    Personally, I think all computer OSs should include automatic encryption as well.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 12:12pm

    How ironic

    This is the same Holder that wants only authorities to have guns and actual thought police, just like all those totalitarian hellholes where millions of children were killed by their own government.

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    Coyne Tibbets (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 12:22pm

    TLA knee jerk

    Even though the TLAs likely have everything on the phone (via cloud, cell tower, and static communications taps) they're in a panic because they'll no longer be able to look directly on the device.

    It's like the knee reflex: They can't see anything that isn't already "theirs," without throwing a tantrum, "I Want it!!! I want it!!! I want it!!!"

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 1:49pm

    The real terrorists!

    It is abundantly clear that our government has become the real terrorist threat. In response we must do whatever is needed to protect ourselves from them. Encryption is only one small step. Remember this the next time you are tempted to vote for a Republicrat or Demacan. Pick a person that has stood up for freedom and write in their name, be it Warren, Whyden or Snowden. Someone with credible deeds, not empty rhetoric and broken promises. A real patriot, we haven't had one for decades.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 2:04pm

    So what you are trying to say is...

    don't use security; because security?
    Now I understand it so much better Holden.

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Oct 2014 @ 2:19pm

    Man, Holder's messed up. You've got to be dead inside to try to commandeer an anti-child abuse group as a political pawn to push your agenda like that.

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    Web_Rat (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 5:45pm

    "When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children. It is worrisome to see companies thwarting our ability to do so."

    Let's stop for a moment and reflect on this statement. I wholeheartedly agree that law enforcement must take every “legally available step” to find and protect children from abusers. This means, going to a judge in a publicly accessible court system with probable cause and obtaining a search warrant, which is required to over-ride the individual's “right to privacy.” It's been the law of the land for over 200 years.

    This right to privacy is what gives citizens the ability to purchase products that allow them to secure that right to privacy. For example, doors, locks, curtains, safes, etc, all give the user at least a semblance of privacy in their residence. Yet, none of the companies selling these items are considered to be thwarting the government's ability to stop child abusers. WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE? OMG, business' that construct buildings are preventing law enforcement from seeing the abuse! They must be stopped because..........

    ….....think of the children!

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 1 Oct 2014 @ 7:53pm

    Is the number of kids who will be harmed by encryption more or less than the number of kids harmed & abused by police departments that your supposed to have stats on?

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    Anonymous Coward, 4 Oct 2014 @ 3:31am

    Is Mr Hoover saying no one weird has ever worked for the government?

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