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Here’s Why Windows 8.1′s Encryption Doesn’t Seem to Scare the FBI

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  1. ireland

    ireland Active member

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    Here’s Why Windows 8.1′s Encryption Doesn’t Seem to Scare the FBI

    The FBI isn’t happy about the latest versions of iOS and Android using encryption by default. FBI director James Comey has been blasting both Apple and Google. Microsoft is never mentioned — but Windows 8.1 uses encryption by default, too.

    The FBI doesn’t seem worried about Windows 8.1′s default “device encryption” feature. Microsoft’s encryption works a bit differently — Microsoft holds the keys and could hand them over to the FBI.

    Why the FBI is Blasting Apple and Google
    FBI directory James Comey has said Apple and Google are creating “a black hole for law enforcement.” Encryption “threatens to lead us all to a very dark place,” according to the FBI.

    The latest versions of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android automatically encrypt a smartphone or tablet’s storage by default. Previously, this was just an option most users wouldn’t enable. Because of the way encryption works, only a person who knows the key can decrypt it and access the unencrypted files. If Apple or Google received a warrant — or some sort of secret “national security letter” — they wouldn’t be able to decrypt the files even if they wanted to. They don’t have the encryption key. (A national security letter is a secret order that may contain a “nondisclosure” requirement, preventing the person who received the national security letter from ever talking about it for the rest of their life under threat of criminal prosecution.)

    This is the main issue for the FBI — encryption that prevents thieves from accessing your data after they steal your device is fine. However, the FBI wants to have a way to force Apple or Google to provide access to the encrypted data. In other words, they want Apple and Google to have a key they can use to gain access to the encrypted data.

    Windows 8.1′s Device Encryption Gives Microsoft a Key


  2. xboxdvl2

    xboxdvl2 Regular member

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    well done apple and google.
    encryption stops nosy spies so that is a good thing.

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