Google forges ahead with data encryption despite FBI warnings

September 16, 2015

on Wednesday vowed to charge ahead with more encryption of even as law enforcement officials warn the technology could hamper their investigations.

The tech giant’s director of law enforcement and information security, Richard Salgado, on Wednesday told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the security techniques are a net positive for law enforcement, because they can many times prevent online crime in the first place.

“There are lots of different ways to secure data besides encryption, but there is pretty much a consensus inside the security community that encryption is a fundamental and way to protect users data from the very thieves, theft cases, [and] privacy intrusions that law enforcement is interested in investigating,” Salgado told Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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