The French government’s war on encryption

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The head of the United States’ National Security Agency was quite explicit on the subject: the Paris attacks of November 13th, 2015, would not have taken place had the terrorists not used encryption. Because of encrypted communications, Michael Rogers said on February 18th, “we did not generate the insights ahead of time” and so they were unable to warn their French counterparts. “Clearly, had we known, Paris would not have happened,” he added. The NSA director did not give further details but his comments had a big impact in France where a heated debate over encryption has been raging for months.

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