Statement by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. on Developments in Federal San Bernardino Case

March 29, 2016

“The overwhelming majority of criminal investigations stalled by default device encryption will remain so until Congress intervenes. We cannot ask crime victims across 3,000 local jurisdictions to stake their hope for justice on an unending technological arms race between the government and Apple.

“The ongoing public safety challenge posed by warrant-proof encryption demands a comprehensive, legislative solution. A workable balance between privacy and public safety can only be set by Congress.”