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Technology and law enforcement officials testified at a hearing on the use of encryption technology. In the law enforcement, witness Amy Hess argued that without access to encrypted data on smartphones and other devices, the FBI cannot investigate crimes to the best of their ability. Technology industry experts explained in the second panel that encryption is critical to U.S. national security, and there is no way to provide a back door to encrypted data without risking the privacy and security of everyone. Bruce Sewell, Apple’s senior vice president of legal and global security, denied claims that Apple supplied its source code to China, saying the company was asked but refused.
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