Justice Department waves legislative stick at tech sector over encryption

If U.S.-based tech companies don’t find a way to allow cops with a warrant to access to encrypted communications — a move derided as a crypto backdoor by critics — the Trump administration may propose legislation to force them, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Addressing law enforcement officials at an anti-terrorism conference in Utah, Rosenstein went further than other officials have this year in threatening the tech sector with legislative action that would compel them to provide technical means for court-ordered wiretaps or device searches.

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