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Rosenstein: Tech companies must practice ‘responsible encryption’

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 10, 2017

The advent of “warrant-proof” encryption allows criminals and terrorists to hide incriminating evidence, a Department of Justice official said this week, while urging technology companies to work in collaboration with the government.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told an audience this week at the United States Naval Academy that warrant-proof encryption (designed with no means of lawful access) allows criminals and terrorists to hide incriminating evidence. The government refers to this problem as “Going Dark—the threat to public safety that occurs when service providers, device manufacturers, and application developers deprive law enforcement and national security investigators of crucial investigative tools,” he said.

“Our society has never had a system where evidence of criminal wrongdoing was totally impervious to... To get the full story, subscribe now.