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Attorney General William Barr, believe that the law-enforcement agencies access to encrypted messaging apps, and for the sake of the safety of the public.
Because the bulk of the evidence, it is becoming more and more digital,” the failure of the researchers to have access to certain technologies, poses a serious threat to the safety of the public,” Barr said at a cybersecurity conference at Fordham University in New York City on Tuesday.
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“The transformation of the internet and communication platforms in a law-free zone, and is giving criminals the means to get to work, free from legal scrutiny and will inevitably move forward on an expansion of their criminal activities,” he said. “If you have all the chances that the cops are going to look at an area of the law by all in the neighborhood will have to commit a lot more crimes.”
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Barr’s remarks come as part of an ongoing effort on the part of the federal Ministry of Justice in order to push technology companies to law enforcement with access to encrypted devices and applications under test.
He added that the enforcement of the law is, increasingly, are not in a position to have access to the information contained on the devices and between the devices, even with a warrant to support probable cause of any criminal activity
Drug cartels and terrorists often move their conversations to be encrypted apps, such as WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, plans a deadly operation, according to Barr.
The attorney-general said one of the Mexican cartels, which have recently started to market fentanyl in the US is to use the app as their primary communication method, it is to prevent U.S. law enforcement from conducting wiretaps, which would allow us to find the fentanyl items and take them to the border.
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Encrypted communications are the ones which are available only to users at the end of the communication. With the increasing use of such technology has been long developed by the united states department of justice, as the “going dark” problem.
Barr said that in order to have the date of the enforcement of the law, in Garland, Texas, will not be able to access up to 100 instant messages sent between terrorists who attack in May of 2015.
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“The status quo is extremely dangerous, and it is not acceptable, and it is only going to get worse,” the attorney general said. “The time has come for the United States, in order to stop the debate about whether or not it is to pack up and start off talking over how to deal with it.”
A former FBI Director, James Comey, also called on law enforcement access to encrypted apps after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, Calif., in 2015, is on the left 14 people dead.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.