FBI Demands The Ability To Spy On You
And it wants phone makers to make it as easy as possible for the agency to do so:
"Companies like Apple Inc. (AAPL) and google">Google Inc. (GOOGL) should be required to build surveillance capabilities into their products to help law enforcement with their probes, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Providers of new communication services should create a 'front door' method to intercept data as certain technology isn't covered by legislation that requires telecom companies to have monitoring capabilities, FBI Director James Comey said . . . at a Brookings Institution event in Washington.
"'We are struggling to keep up with changing technology and maintain our ability to actually collect communications we are authorized to collect,' Comey said."
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies can get whatever information they need from your phone already. But they have to work a little harder to do so and that upsets them. So much so that the Obama administration " . . . has considered whether to seek fines or develop incentives in order to get companies such as Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) and Google to ensure access to data for investigations."