Apple, Google encryption ‘not helping’ criminal investigation: AFP

Access to encryption technology, the growth of cloud services, and the Internet of Things pose challenges to the way the Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigates both traditional and online criminal activity.

Speaking at the CeBIT GovInnovate conference in Canberra on Wednesday, AFP assistant commissioner and national manager for high-tech crime operations Tim Morris said that in the past, digital forensic investigation within the AFP simply involved seizing a desktop at the time of acting on a warrant. But now, there are many more devices that the law-enforcement agency needs to obtain in order to investigate crimes.

“Most households have three or four tablets, maybe one desktop, your smartphones. A lot of data is seized in very straightforward investigations, let alone cyber investigations,” he said.

Read more about how Google and Apple’s encryption is not helping the law enforcement agencies on ZDNet.

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