The encryption stand-off is getting weirder

If you’ve ever wanted to see a real-world example of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object, you need only look at the stand-off between the tech industry and government over encryption.

In April 2024, European police have again warned that the rollout of end-to-end encryption (E2EE) is making it harder to investigate crime and keep people safe. Tech companies, for their part, have insisted that the rollout of the technology is essential to keeping consumers safe and are in no mood to back down.


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