Tech trade group objects to weakening smartphone encryption

November 20, 2015

The Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC) on Thursday objected to weakening encryption used on smartphones, even as some officials in Washington favor doing so.

“After a horrific tragedy like the Paris attacks, we naturally search for solutions: weakening encryption is not a solution,” said Dean Garfield, president of ITIC, in a statement provided to Reuters late Thursday.

The ITIC represents 63 major tech firms, includingApple, Google and Microsoft.

Some experts and lawmakers have said Apple and Google, especially, should find ways to provide decryption keys for recent iPhones and Android phones that provide disk-level encryption. Those calls have grown louder in the wake of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

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