WhatsApp Case May Be New Encryption Battleground

A new front may have opened up between the Department of Justice and Silicon Valley in the ongoing legal battle over government access to encrypted data, this time involving WhatsApp, the electronic messaging and voice system owned by Facebook. DoJ officials reportedly have been debating how to proceed in a criminal case in which a court-ordered wiretap has been hindered by WhatsApp encryption. The case comes at a tense time, as the ongoing legal battle between the DoJ and Apple has roiled the technology industry.

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