Nobody Encrypts their Phone Calls
From the Forbes blog:
In an annual report published Friday by the U.S. judicial system on the number of wiretaps it granted over the past year …, the courts revealed that there were 2,376 wiretaps by law enforcement agencies in 2009, up 26% from 1,891 the year before, and up 76% from 1999. (Those numbers, it should be noted, don’t include international wiretaps or those aimed at intelligence purposes rather than law enforcement.)
But in the midst of that wiretapping bonanza, a more surprising figure is the number of cases in which law enforcement encountered encryption as a barrier: one.
According to the courts, only one wiretapping case in the entire country encountered encryption last year, and in that single case, whatever privacy tools were used don’t seemed to have posed much of a hurdle to eavesdroppers. “In 2009, encryption was encountered during one state wiretap, but did not prevent officials from obtaining the plain text of the communications,” reads the report.