U.S. Attorney General William Barr has reopened a dispute between the government and tech industry regarding encrypted messages, The Hill reports. Speaking at a cybersecurity conference in New York City, Barr alleged that fully encrypted messaging has allowed "criminals to operate with impunity" as encryption stymies law enforcement's ability to identify criminals. "Making our virtual world more secure should not come at the expense of making us more vulnerable in the real world," Barr said. "But unfortunately, this is where we appear to be headed." Barr added that the tech industry should consider giving law enforcement backdoor access but noted the time to cooperate and act "may be limited."
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