Federal law enforcement and U.S. tech companies remain deadlocked about the role encrypted services should play in the consumer marketplace, and The Washington Post reports, President Barack Obama is still weighing potential solutions. Law enforcement is concerned that encrypted services will protect criminals and terrorists, while tech companies along with privacy and security advocates argue that installing so-called “back doors” will make everyone unsafe. U.S. National Security Agency Director Michael Rogers said, “I don’t want a back door … I want a front door. And I want the front door to have multiple locks. Big locks.” George Washington University Cyberspace Security Policy and Research Institute Founder Lance Hoffmann said the central issue in the debate is trust. “It’s who do you trust with your data? Do you want to default to the government? To the company? Or to the individual? If you make a hybrid, how do you make the trade-off?” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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