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US government calls for “responsible” – as in breakable – encryption


It may seem unlikely – or even impossible – but there is agreement between the former Obama administration and the Trump administration on at least one thing: Neither likes unbreakable encryption.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein gave a couple of speeches in recent weeks focusing on encryption– one at a cybersecurity conference in Boston and another at the Naval Academy – that sounded almost like they could have come from former FBI director James Comey. Ironically enough, it was Rosenstein who signed off on President Trump’s decision to fire Comey last April.

But their philosophical arguments on this are essentially the same – strong encryption jeopardizes the lives and safety of Americans because it prevents law enforcement from gathering evidence, even when they have a warrant in hand.

The FBI famously took Apple to court last year over its inability to access an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino terrorists. That conflict never got settled – it was...(continued)

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