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Although there is a touch issue outside law enforcement, state lawyer William Barr said on Tuesday that increased encryption of data on smartphones and computers and encrypted messaging puts American security at risk.
Barr's comments on a cyber security conference mark a continued effort by the Ministry of Justice to push technology companies to provide law enforcement access to encrypted entities and applications under investigation.
Barr stated that "There have been enough dogmatic statements that legal access simply cannot be done. It can be, and it must be."
The Attorney General said that law enforcement is increasingly unable to access information about units, and between units, even with a guarantee that supports probable cause of criminal activity.
Barr said that terrorists and cartels switch intercommunication to encrypted applications to plan lethal operations. He described the use of WhatsApp group chat by a transnational drug cartel to specifically coordinate murder of Mexico-based police officers.
Barr's remarks also acknowledged the need for encryption to ensure general cyber security that has made it possible for people to knock relatively safely online and operate e-commerce.
Still, Barr kept telling and added that so far, law enforcement in Garland, Texas, has not had access to 100 instant messages sent between terrorists who carried out an attack there in May 2015. 
"Status quo is exceptionally dangerous , it is unacceptable and just gets worse, "Barr said. "It's time for the US to stop discussing whether to take it up and start talking about how to deal with it." Read the full AP News report for more information.
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