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The International Encryption Debate: Privacy Versus Big Brother

Although increased reliance on technology such as emails and texts has provided greater opportunity to gather evidence of criminal activity, law enforcement agencies around the world complain that encryption technologies make it difficult to catch criminals and terrorists and therefore should be restricted.

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Many governments, including the United States, are attempting to restrict the use of encryption services like WhatsApp and Snapchat to allow for a greater opportunity for surveillance. Although increased reliance on technology such as emails and texts has provided greater opportunity to gather evidence of criminal activity, in part because many communications are now memorialized forever, law enforcement agencies around the world complain that encryption technologies make it difficult to catch criminals and terrorists and therefore should be restricted.

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