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Don't Mess With Encryption

Giving governments special access to encrypted data would be a blow to digital security.

Just leave it alone.

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Spies and their adversaries have long used technology to obscure their messages, with everything from invisible ink to the Enigma machine to "sensitive compartmented information facilities." They've never been entirely successful. But the fear of unbreakable codes still permeates the world's intelligence agencies.

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