Trump’s Attorney-General Choice Wants to ‘Overcome Encryption’
Nominee US attorney-general senator Jeff Sessions has said the new administration will seek to “overcome encryption” in remarks that have been interpreted as a veiled reference to backdoors.
It’s worth stressing that at no point during his recent confirmation hearings did Sessions not actually mention the term although he is on record as strongly supporting efforts by law enforcement to bypass encryption during police investigations.
Answering a question about the importance of encryption in protecting the US from cyberattack, Sessions wrote:
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.