FBI Director Wants Congress to Tackle Phone Encryption | News & Opinion | PCMag.com. When Apple turned on data encryption by default in iOS8, suddenly it became a media sensation. Of course, Android has had the capability to encrypt everything on its phones for some time. It is easy to encrypt the data stored on your phone; and, arguably, a lawyer carrying around confidential client files and information has an ethical duty to do so. However, does the FBI Director have a point when he says that encryption makes his job harder? Perhaps. But, isn't that what search warrants are for? If law enforcement wants access to a suspected criminal's phone, whatever happened to applying to a court for a warrant? Once obtained, I see his point that software companies should cooperate with the courts. However, should they be required to create back door keys that allow the access to the data? No easy answers. Given recent leaks of Government surveillance techniques, however, I suspect that Mr. Comey has a steep hill to climb.