FBI’s Comey expects more litigation over access to electronic devices

FBI Director James Comey said on Wednesday there will be more U.S. government litigation over accessing electronic devices and said encryption is "essential tradecraft" of terrorist groups, such as Islamic State. Comey indicated that the debate involving both legal and privacy issues over whether the federal government can compel tech companies to unlock personal devices in the interest of national security is far from over in a briefing with reporters at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Justice Department unlocked the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters in March using a tool created by an unidentified contractor after Apple Inc refused to bypass the device's encryption features on grounds it could undermine security for all users.

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