White House meets with Privacy Advocates about Encryption

Senior White House officials told privacy advocates on Thursday that the administration’s position on encryption remains unchanged: It’s not looking to force companies to ensure that the government can access encrypted content, at least not at this point.

“They maintained that they are not seeking legislation right now,” said Amie Stepanovich, the domestic policy manager at Access Now, who attended the meeting.

At the meeting were representatives from several civil society groups and government officials, including U.S. deputy chief technology officers Ed Felten and Alex MacGillivray as well as cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel, according to several attendees. The White House declined to comment on attendance or the content of the meeting.

You can read more about this meeting in the Stars and Stripes at http://goo.gl/8awhT9.

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