This is our office’s third annual Report, which provides a further update on the ongoing debate, and how these encryption policies - enacted by companies for their own commercial reasons - continue to frustrate efforts to solve crimes and protect the public on a daily basis.
Manhattan remains the safest place to live and work in the safest big city in America. The role of the District Attorney’s Office is not merely to help keep it that way – it’s also our job to help prevent New Yorkers from coming into contact with the justice system in the first place.
This paper is intended to update readers on developments since this Office issued the Report. As will be seen below, the risks posed by default device encryption have been illustrated again and again since the Report was issued, and while there have been vigorous efforts by law enforcement officials to address those risks and dangers, there has been precious little progress.
The prevalence of domestic violence is not just a criminal justice crisis. It is a national public health crisis that affects all neighborhoods and communities, and threatens our most vulnerable family members, particularly women and children.
Guns and domestic violence are a lethal combination. When an abusive partner has access to a firearm, the risk the other partner (usually a woman) will be killed increases more than five-fold.