Re: Wrong Problem?
>Article mentions that they used to be able to compel access with a warrant, but no longer can. That sounds like the root problem that should be fixed.
The problem is that when a third party like Apple doesn't have the encryption key, it cannot be compelled to decrypt the data. Math trumps a court order. Moreover, companies have discovered that it's not helpful to their businesses to be the go-to source for law enforcement. Many don't want the responsibility (or compliance cost) of betraying customers on-demand.
It's possible to make it a crime to withhold encryption keys when authorities ask the first party/suspect, but in the US that presents consitutional problems against self-incrimination. Authoritarian regimes can simply declare you must provide us access or we'll beat you, jail you, or seize your assets. But that doesn't make for an appealing business climate.