FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

FBI Director Christopher Wray. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Updated 22 October 2017
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FBI couldn’t access nearly 7K devices because of encryption

PHILADELPHIA: FBI Director Christopher Wray says federal agents haven’t been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices they’ve tried to access in a year.
Wray spoke Sunday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia.
He says the FBI hasn’t been able to access more than 6,900 mobile devices in 11 months.
Law enforcement officials have long complained about being unable to unlock and recover evidence from cellphones seized from suspects even if they have a warrant. Technology companies have insisted they must protect customers’ digital privacy
Wray called it a “huge problem” and says there needs to be a balance between encryption and public safety.
He also touted partnerships with local and federal law enforcement officials to combat counterterrorism and violent crime.


Tunisia hosts geosciences conference

On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition, workshops, specialized training courses and field trips are being carried out. (Shutterstock)
Updated 13 November 2018
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Tunisia hosts geosciences conference

  • On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition, workshops, specialized training courses and field trips are being carried out

JEDDAH: Tunisia is hosting the first conference of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences (AJGS), which will run until Thursday.
The conference, marking the journal’s 10th anniversary, includes more than 20 prominent speakers, 50 discussion panels, more than 700 international researchers, academics and diplomats, including the Saudi ambassador to Tunisia.
Abdullah Al-Amri, head of the Saudi Society for Geosciences and editor-in-chief of the AJGS, briefed attendees on the journal’s history and achievements.
He also underlined the support it receives from King Saud University and King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).
Tunisian government representative Khalil Amiri discussed global climate change, its implications on geological changes, and the importance of conducting further research in this area.
He called for educational programs and campaigns to raise awareness about the seriousness of climate change.
On the sidelines of the conference, an exhibition, workshops, specialized training courses and field trips are being carried out.