techdirt: Court Order Shows DEA Demanding Tons Of Data From WhatsApp And Bunch Of Other Service Providers by Tim Cushing:
Encryption may be posing problems for law enforcement investigations, but the problems are not as insurmountable or widespread as certain encryption critics are portraying them. Enormous amounts of data are created by cellphone app users every time they communicate. While the content of communications is often of more evidentiary value, there’s still a wealth of information investigators can obtain that isn’t protected by encryption.
As investigators are getting more creative, they’re also getting more careless. Thomas Brewster of Forbes reports the US government is trying to force WhatsApp to turn over information it has no right to demand from the company — which also includes information WhatsApp may not even have.
The government’s request: In re Application of the United States of America for an Order Authorizing the Installation and Use of Pen Registers and Trap and Trace Devices and for Subscriber Information for Whatsapp Account Number 52-6383800020, 19-sw-6046-GPG (D. Colo. Oct. 22, 2019) (filed)