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Sen. Charles Grassley: Update Needed on Tech Provider Dialogue About Encryption

cybersecuritySen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, has asked for updates from Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on her planned dialogue with technology providers regarding encryption-related public safety concerns.

Grassley wrote Thursday to Yates on behalf of the committee that recent reports in the Washington Post indicate possible hindrances to legislative and technical measures that aim at the potential threat of encryption technology to public safety.

The senator noted that Yates testified before the committee in July that a legislative solution may eventually be necessary to address the concern even as she eyed a “collaborative and cooperative approach” at the time.

According to the letter, the administration must look into every tool that can help advance dialogue on encryption and efforts to balance privacy and public safety.

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