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Legislation to Help Law-Enforcement Decode Data Could Harm Corporate Security
While no direct evidence has surfaced to indicate that encryption played a role in the events leading up to the attacks, intelligence agencies say criminals and anti-American groups, including Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist group, have in the past used encryption to protect their phone conversations and E-mail communications. Now, legislators are calling for laws that would make such conversations and messages less private by creating a "back door" in encryption products.
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