Wednesday, January 25, 2017
AG NOMINEE BACKS LAW ENFORCEMENT’S ABILITY TO ‘OVERCOME’ ENCRYPTION
President Donald Trump’s attorney general pick Jeff Sessions has amplified the encryption debate with comments he made during Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings last week stating law enforcement should be able to “overcome” digital locks in criminal investigations.
Sessions’ position on encryption immediately sparked an outcry among civil liberties groups that have loudly denounced the government’s desire to access encrypted data.
“We will strongly oppose any legislative or regulatory proposal to force companies or other providers to give Sessions what he’s demanding: the ability to ‘overcome encryption,'” wrote Electronic Frontier Foundation staff attorneys Nate Cardozo and Andrew Crocker in a statement Monday.