Manhattan Prosecutor Says Phone Encryption Has Hurt 111 Cases

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said new encryption technology for smartphones has hindered the investigation of 111 cases by his office.

“The line to protect the public should not be drawn by two companies who make smartphones,” Vance said Wednesday, referring to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. at a cybersecurity conference in New York.

Vance’s statements echo those of CIA Director John Brennan and other national security and law enforcement officials, who in recent days have cited the need to stay a step ahead of terrorists who may use encryption to hide planned attacks, like those in Paris last week.

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