On the 13th October 2020, the US Division of Justice signed on to a new worldwide assertion warning of the hazards of encryption and calling for an industry-wide effort to allow law enforcement agencies to access encrypted information as soon as a warrant has been obtained. The US was joined in the effort by the officers representing the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, and Japan.
The statement begins by acknowledging the value of encryption in defending free expression internationally, citing a 2017 report from the UN Human Rights Commission. However, the statement rapidly pivots to the ostensible issues posed by the technology.
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