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Europol chief warns on computer encryption

A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism. Hidden areas of the internet and encrypted communications make it harder to monitor terror suspects, warns Europol’s Rob Wainwright. Tech firms should consider the impact sophisticated encryption software has on law enforcement, he said. Mr Wainwright was talking to 5 Live Investigates. A spokesman for TechUK, the UK’s technology trade association, said: …Read More

What President Obama is getting wrong about encryption

President Obama tried to walk a very fine line on encryption, the technology that secures much of the communications that occur online, during his recent visit to Silicon Valley — saying that he is a supporter of “strong encryption,” but also understands law enforcement’s desire to access data. “I lean probably further in the direction of strong encryption than some do inside of law enforcement,” Obama said during an interview with tech news …Read More

The Second Crypto War and the Future of the Internet

In the early 1990s, the first Crypto War began. With the release of the programmer Phil Zimmerman’s PGP (“Pretty Good Privacy”) encryption software in 1991, for the first time in history, anyone could encode and exchange a message that no law enforcement agency had the technical ability to intercept and decode. Fearing that criminals would be able to hide their communications, the reaction of governments worldwide was swift. Read article: …Read More