Debate over access to encryption isn’t going away

Expect the U.S. Department of Justice and officials from allied countries to push harder for large technology companies to give them access to customers’ encrypted communications, and expect the tech companies to continue to resist.

The current push for tech companies to provide encryption backdoors started back in 2014, when then-FBI Director James Comey complained about law enforcement agencies “going dark” because of a lack of access to encrypted email, texts, and other communications. But current Attorney General William Barr and allies in the United Kingdom and other countries have stepped up the pressure on tech companies in recent months.

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