According to the New York Times – At least 2,000 law enforcement agencies have tools to get into encrypted smartphones. You can read more HERE.
The article states – that at least 2,000 law enforcement agencies in all 50 states now have tools to get into locked, encrypted phones and extract their data, according to years of public records collected in a report by Upturn, a Washington nonprofit that investigates how the police use technology.
With more tools in their arsenal, the authorities have used them in an increasing range of cases, from homicides and rapes to drugs and shoplifting, according to the records, which were reviewed by The New York Times.
The records show that the authorities break into phones far more than previously understood — and that smartphones, with their vast troves of personal data, are not as impenetrable as Apple and Google have advertised.
From THE NEW YORK TIMES –
“They’re getting a window into your soul; it’s all of your contacts, your text messages, your entire location history, potentially embarrassing pictures, your account credentials,” he said. “We are placing in the hands of law enforcement something that I think is a dangerous expansion of their investigatory power.”