The US Department of Justice is not likely to allow encryption services to access customers’ communications without a warrant.
That is according to a report from the Associated Press.
The Justice Department’s latest memo was released on Friday, and the department’s inspector general is expected to examine it.
The report said that the government’s position is “unclear” on whether or not encryption services like WhatsApp can be used to circumvent the court-ordered court order that requires them to turn over encryption keys for encrypted messages.
WhatsApp has been fighting back against the court order.
The US government argues that encryption keys are private and should be kept out of the hands of criminals.
The companies argue that they are necessary for the security of its customers’ information.
However, in a decision issued last week, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the court cannot force companies to comply with a court order without a search warrant.
The AP said that its investigation revealed that the DOJ was not giving the court sufficient time to review its arguments.
The agency was not given a copy of the opinion.
Instead, it relied on a leaked draft order from last year.
That order said that any search warrant for encrypted data would need to show that a court had “reason to believe that the information is or is likely to be relevant to a criminal investigation.”
The DOJ’s report notes that the department was unable to find a reference in the draft order to a court hearing where an attorney representing the companies argued that encryption services could be used in the fight against cybercrime.
The department’s report also noted that there were concerns about the impact of a ruling on the government-operated encryption provider Backbone, which allows the government to unlock phones remotely.
In a statement, the company said that it has no plans to change its policy.
“We have been transparent in providing information about our security practices and the court orders that govern the use of encryption keys, which is why we’ve had to be so careful about revealing them in the past,” Backbone said.
“The DOJ’s latest report provides no additional detail on the legal rationale behind the new policy and does not answer the question of whether encryption services are allowed to circumvent court orders in order to obtain a search or seizure warrant.
This report is not the final word on this issue, and we will continue to work with the government and law enforcement agencies to develop a policy that will address this important issue.”
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