Barr Revives Encryption Debate, Calling on Tech Firms to Allow for Law Enforcement

"Mr. Barr is assuming that the negative impacts of encryption on law enforcement investigations “far outweigh encryption’s benefits for protecting individuals, business and the nation,” said Riana Pfefferkorn, the associate director of surveillance and cybersecurity at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society.

“That assumption has never been borne out by evidence in the form of actual, accurate numbers about encryption’s effect on law enforcement’s ability to solve crimes,” Ms. Pfefferkorn said."