07 Oct US Deputy Attorney Considers Strong Encryption a “Serious Problem”
Boston, MA – Last Wednesday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expressed his frustration against strong encryption at the Cambridge Cyber Summit, calling it a serious problem that hampers the ability of law enforcement to solve crimes and protect public safety. He also said that criminals can use it to facilitate a number of serious crimes such as the trade of narcotics, firearms, and child exploitation.
At the same time however, he also noted that encryption can be a valuable tool in making the digital economy grow and flourish. In the summit, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator for the White House Rob Joyce agreed with Rosenstein’s sentiments and added that what they want is for tech companies to find ways to support legal needs for information, and not take a “hands-off approach”.