DOJ, FTC Leaders Diverge On Gov't Access To Encrypted Info

By Steven Trader (January 25, 2016, 7:59 PM EST) -- Leaders from the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission were in disagreement Monday about the access law enforcement agencies should have to encrypted information from private companies, with one calling it crucial and the other voicing concerns over consumers' privacy.

Speaking separately at the State of the Net 2016 conference in Washington, D.C., Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell and FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny addressed the ability and necessity for investigative agencies to have "back door" access to the encryption of consumer products and messages in order to combat activities from terrorist actions to cyberattacks. Caldwell took the...

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