Europol says encryption making it harder to fight terrorism

Add Europol to list of agencies concerned about encryption.

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It's getting more difficult to identify and track terror groups online, with the Dark Web and file encryption proving effective.

Europol says encryption making it harder to fight terrorism |

It's up to tech companies to think about the supposed damage facing police agencies and federal investigators, said Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, while speaking to 5 Live Investigates. Using forms of encrypted communications helps terrorists avoid detection while corresponding with one another.

"With the right resources and cooperation between the security agencies and technology companies, alongside a clear legal framework for that cooperation, we can ensure both national security and economic security are upheld," said a spokesperson with TechUK, a UK technology trade organization.

The NSA, GCHQ, and other US and British agencies previously showed concern over the use of encryption - with ties to organized crime or terrorism.


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