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FBI Plots Its Next Move in the Encryption Battle

  • Decrypting real-time data may be next test case for tech firms
  • Facebook’s WhatsApp faced shutdown in Brazil over encryption
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Former NSA Director Hayden Weighs In on Encryption Debate

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The next frontier in the battle between the FBI and technology companies over encrypted communications will be more legally complicated -- and messy -- than trying to get into the iPhone of a dead terrorist.

Messaging tools like Facebook Inc.’s WhatsApp and Internet services that automatically encrypt the content of texts, phone calls and other data while they’re being sent are increasingly becoming a problem for national security and criminal investigations, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.