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Attorney General Barr Calls for Big Tech's Help Against Terror, Cartels, Crime

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AG Barr Calls for Big Tech's Help Against Terror, Cartels, Crime

By Cathy Burke  

Attorney General William Barr says big technology companies have to help law enforcement officials investigate terrorists, drug cartels, and other criminal suspects who use encrypted messaging apps.

In an address Tuesday at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York City, Barr said encrypted and secure "consumer products and services" offered by Apple, Facebook, and other tech firms threaten national security, The Washington Times reported.

Those products include messaging, smartphones, email, and voice and data apps that prevent unauthorized scrutiny of their content.

"By enabling dangerous criminals to cloak their communications and activities behind an essentially impenetrable digital shield, the deployment of warrant-proof encryption is already imposing huge costs on society," Barr declared, the Times reported.

Law enforcement officials have argued encryption thwarts their ability to prosecute criminals and pushed for access in 2015 to the encrypted devices and communications of one of the killers in a terrorist attack that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. The FBI ultimately found a way to hack into the device.

Read more: https://www.newsmax.com/newsfront/attorney-general-william-barr-technology-terrorism/2019/07/23/id/925649/