Privacy in the digital era is a buzzing phrase. While California introduced a bill touting the life-saving potential of decrypted smartphones in the fight against human trafficking, world leaders debated Privacy and Secrecy in the Digital Age during the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos. From one end to the other, governments are juggling two difficult issues. Protecting citizens while respecting consumer privacy is the ideal scenario. Yet, it looks like it’s impossible to achieve. A rapid surge in terrorist attacks in the past year has put consumer privacy and encrypted smartphones under pressure once more. Paris, France and Riverside, California pinpoint the extreme advantage terrorists gain by making use of the same online communication tools we’re all gleefully using.