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Congressional Report Sides with Apple on Encryption Debate (PC World)

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The U.S. is better off supporting strong encryption that trying to weaken it, according to a new congressional report that stands at odds with the FBI’s push to install backdoors into tech products.

A bipartisan congressional panel’s year-end report advises the U.S. to explore other solutions to the encryption debate. “Any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest,” the report said.

The congressional panel formed back in March, amid the FBI’s public battlewith Apple over trying to gain access to a locked iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter.

Tuesday’s report essentially sides with Apple and its stance that strong encryption is vital for security. But the report also acknowledged that the technology has become an obstacle for law enforcement agencies when investigating crimes.