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Trump Picks Anti-Encryption Attorney General, Signal Encrypted Messenger Downloads Skyrocket

Fri Nov 25, 2016 4:17 am

Donald Trump’s choice for Attorney General may indicate an administration hostile to encryption and online privacy.

Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, the incoming administration’s Attorney General pick, has long adopted a critical stance against encryption. He has stood in direct opposition to end-to-end encryption, citing his experience in law enforcement when calling for government officials to have complete access to encrypted devices.

Earlier this year, Apple remained in a standoff with the FBI over allowing law enforcement agencies access to a locked device owned by a mass shooter in California, a move highly criticized by Sessions. Trump himself also opposed Apple’s stand while on the campaign trail, insisting that the company be boycotted.

The selection of Sessions for Attorney General of the United States indicates that a Trump administration would be hostile to encryption, and would side with law enforcement agencies over tech companies when making legal and prosecutorial decisions. This gives privacy advocates cause for worry for the next four years.

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Re: Trump Picks Anti-Encryption Attorney General, Signal Encrypted Messenger Downloads Skyrocket

Fri Nov 25, 2016 5:16 am

Has Jeff Sessions made any public statements regarding bitcoin/cryptocurrencies, or is he just against encrypted chatting applications? It is bad either way but hopefully the administration won't attack bitcoin.
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Re: Trump Picks Anti-Encryption Attorney General, Signal Encrypted Messenger Downloads Skyrocket

Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:52 pm

Has Jeff Sessions made any public statements regarding bitcoin/cryptocurrencies, or is he just against encrypted chatting applications? It is bad either way but hopefully the administration won't attack bitcoin.
He has now,
Question: Do you agree with NSA Director Rogers, Secretary of Defense Carter, and other national security experts that strong encryption helps protect this country from cyberattack and is beneficial to the American people's’ digital security?

Response: Encryption serves many valuable and important purposes. It is also critical, however, that national security and criminal investigators be able to overcome encryption, under lawful authority, when necessary to the furtherance of national-security and criminal investigations.
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