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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Sunday, July 7, 2013

"Encryption Has Foiled Wiretaps for First Time Ever, Feds Say"


For the first time, encryption is thwarting government surveillance efforts through court-approved wiretaps, U.S. officials said today.

The disclosure, buried in a report by the U.S. agency that oversees federal courts, also showed that authorities armed with wiretap orders are encountering more encryption than before.

The revelation comes as encryption has come front and center in the wake of the NSA Spygate scandal, and as Americans consider looking for effective ways to scramble their communications from the government’s prying eyes.

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