The FBI dramatically overstated the number of devices it couldn't access last year because of encryption.

FBI Director Christopher Wray and other top administration officials have cited a figure of approximately 7,800 mobile devices that remain locked, but the bureau said in a statement that it reviewed the figures and identified "flaws with the [counting] methodology."

"It's very unfortunate that the FBI cannot accurately count the number of encrypted phones that it seized last year," said Ed McAndrew, Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Privacy and Data Security Group. McAndrew, who supports the FBI's position in the encryption showdown, said it was "really counterproductive to the policy debate to have them screwing up basic facts."

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