Deputy Attorney General Calls For “Responsible Encryption”

Oct 12, 2017

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein called for “responsible encryption.” According to the Deputy AG, the government should not be hindered by such antiquities such as the Fourth Amendment. He called the strong encryption built into many devices as “one of our greatest challenges.” "Warrant-proof encryption defeats the constitutional balance by elevating privacy above public safety,” Rosenstein told midshipmen at the Naval Academy. "Encrypted communications that cannot be intercepted and locked devices that cannot be opened are law-free zones that permit criminals and terrorists to operate without detection by police and without accountability by judges and juries.” Angelo Codevilla of the Claremont Institute responded saying, “The U.S. government is asking for access to our doors, but is incapable of guarding those doors. We Americans have come to trust encryption for the same reason we have had to fall back on our own guns for our own protection.” Kurt Opsahl of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said that the courts have found code to be speech an “that the First Amendment protects the distribution of strong encryption.”