DoJ Considers Weakened Encryption as “Responsible Encryption”

DoJ Considers Weakened Encryption as “Responsible Encryption”

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once again railed against strong encryption in his recent speech at the US Naval Academy, calling it a “law-free zone” that allows criminals and terrorists free rein beyond the detection of law enforcement.

He also called on companies including Apple to scale back and implement what he considers to be “responsible encryption” which gives authorities access to data.

Rosenstein had previously acknowledged the benefits of strong encryption, even calling it a “foundational element of data security and authentication”, but complained that warrant-proof encryption has become the norm. He claims that “responsible encryption” is achievable and that similar functions already exist, citing scenarios such as the recovery of keys when a user forgets the password.

Source: ARS Technica

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