"It's been a good week for encryption supporters, and Barack Obama is partly to thank.
The White House won't publicly support proposed legislation that would allow judges to compel tech companies to help law enforcement crack open otherwise secret data and communications, Reuters reportedThursday.
It's an about-face for the White House. Obamasaid last month that he had come around to the view that the government must find a way to access locked devices. Even though the White House has reviewed the legislation's text and provided feedback, it is not expected to comment publicly on it. The legislation could be introduced in Congress as early as this week.
Such a stance from the president would be a major victory for tech companies trying hard to defend the encryption that protects people's privacy even as it makes life easier for criminals seeking to hide their communications.
The FBI has pushed hard for the legislation, saying investigations are getting harder because information sources are "going dark" with encryption that scrambles communications and data into unreadable gibberish to outsiders. The debate over encryption has been rumbling for years, but this year's standoff between the FBI and Apple brought it to a head after a judge ordered Apple to unlock an iPhone tied to December's terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. Two terrorists killed 14 people and injured more than 20 others in the attack."
Obama won't support anti-encryption bill, report says - CNET