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Wednesday October 11, 2017

New Encryption Legislation Coming?

Reuters has an interesting story about encryption in our lives, and while soft on facts it is instead noting the tone of what is being said by the U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. This morning Rosenstein basically told us that trying to negotiate with tech companies in the U.S. was a dead end when it comes to encryption. That might seem to signal an upcoming legislative move for "backdoors" that these tech companies afford to countries outside of the United States, but not inside the U.S. Quite frankly, this will likely be a long arduous fight for all involved. Thanks grtitan.

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While echoing many arguments made by previous senior U.S. law enforcement officials, Rosenstein struck a harder line than his predecessors who led the Obama Justice Department, dismissing attempts to negotiate with the tech sector as a waste of time and accusing companies of putting sales over stopping crime.

"Company leaders may be willing to meet, but often they respond by criticizing the government and promising stronger encryption," Rosenstein said during a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland, according to a copy of his remarks. "Of course they do. They are in the business of selling products and making money. ... We are in the business of preventing crime and saving lives."

Tech companies and many cyber security experts say requiring law enforcement access to encrypted products will broadly weaken cyber security for everyone. U.S. officials have countered that default encryption settings hinder their ability to collect evidence needed to pursue criminals.