DOJ Atty Joins Call For Google To Back Off Data Encryption

Law360, New York (January 27, 2015, 8:07 PM EST) -- A top U.S. Department of Justice attorney on Tuesday became the latest to criticize companies such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. for encrypting user data, saying that she worried about a "zone of lawlessness" that would be created by law enforcement being unable to access the information.

During a keynote discussion at the State of the Net conference in Washington, D.C., U. S. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell spoke out against plans recently announced by several companies to equip their products and services with default encryption settings that would prevent them from retrieving customers' communications even in response to valid...

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