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Past Events

Smartphone Encryption and the Impact on Crime Victims

April 20, 2016 2:00 PM - April 20, 2016 3:00 PM

Join us for a powerful and timely webinar about Smartphone Encryption and the Impact on Crime Victims presented by the New York County District Attorney’s Office Wednesday, April 20 at 2pm.

As the FBI and Apple continue their high-profile legal arguments in the San Bernardino case, we are reminded that virtually all criminal investigations are impacted by device encryption.  New mobile operating systems make it impossible for law enforcement with valid search warrants written for locked devices to access digital evidence.  This makes it extremely difficult to build cases against perpetrators of all types of crimes including child sex abuse, homicide, sex trafficking, assault, stalking, domestic violence, and identity theft.  State and local law enforcement, often with limited financial resources, are grappling with explaining to crime victims why encryption has caused them to hit a dead end in delivering justice.

This webinar will:

  • Summarize the smartphone encryption debate
  • Demonstrate the importance smartphone evidence
  • Dispel misconceptions about law enforcement’s position
  • Encourage an open discussion with victim advocates, technology companies, privacy advocates and lawmakers.

The webinar is hosted by the National Center for Victims of Crime.

View the Presentation Slides