“I can tell you from the Department of Justice perspective, if that drive is encrypted, you’re done,” Ovie Carroll, director of the cyber-crime lab at the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the Department of Justice, said during his keynote address at the DFRWS computer forensics conference in Washington, D.C., last Monday. “When conducting criminal investigations, if you pull the power on a drive that is whole-disk encrypted you have lost any chance of recovering that data.” technology review
Other than a few mildly naughty pictures, there is really nothing on my hard drive which I would not be willing to share. But that is right now. Things change. Governments can become invasive.
And now, encryption is built right into your iPhone (though you need to have a slightly awkward pin – 10 digits).
Having secure storage and secure communications in the hands of private citizens is, by and large, benign. Yes, criminals and terrorists can and will use it; however, they were using it long before it became widely available. However, in the event that a government goes rogue or, for that matter, decides to simply extend its reach a little further than I might prefer, I like the idea that I can encrypt without a lot of hassle.