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Kristin Finklea, Encryption and Evolving Technology: Implications for U.S. Law Enforcement Investigations (CRS Report R44187) (Feb. 18, 2016) (full-text).


This report provides an overview of the perennial issue involving technology outpacing law enforcement and discusses how policy makers and law enforcement officials have dealt with this issue in the past. It discusses the current debate surrounding smartphone data encryption and how this may impact U.S. law enforcement operations.

The report also discusses existing law enforcement capabilities, the debate over whether law enforcement is "going dark" because of rapid technological advances, and resulting issues that policy makers may consider.