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Privacy alert: White House takes a side on encryption battle (but it's not what you think)

Privacy alert: White House takes a side on encryption battle (but it's not what you think)
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If you've been waiting for the White House to take a stand on your privacy, especially when it comes to spying on your smartphone, President Obama has finally taken a stand. Except ... he might change his mind.

The issue is encryption. That's the extremely secure method used by Apple, Google, and many other companies to protect your privacy, especially on your smartphone. It scrambles your personal information so hackers can't see anything of value, even if they manage to get past your password.

That's been at the heart of the FBI vs. Apple case we've been telling you about. The FBI wanted Apple to help it find a way past a dead San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone. The government ultimately didn't need Apple's help because they figured out how to break into the encrypted iPhone.

Now, a bill is being introduced by Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr that would give judges the authority to force companies like Apple to unlock encrypted devices if asked to do so by law enforcement agencies.

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