Encryption

U.S. tech companies bemoan trade barriers

Aiming to stem the power and profits of big U.S. tech companies, governments around the world have imposed a variety of measures, from digital taxes to requirements that data be stored locally. However, the companies are starting to fight back.

Driving the news:

  • In a release Thursday, the Internet Association called out India, Indonesia, and South Africa for pushing some of the "most problematic barriers to digital trade," including custom requirements on digital transactions.

The Justice Department just made the encryption debate harder to solve

Illustration of a hand holding a hammer that is breaking a text message bubble.
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Experts fear that the Department of Justice's latest argument against warrant-proof encryption, which emphasizes protecting children and focuses on the use of encrypted messengers, may make it harder than ever to resolve the encryption debate.

The big picture: The DOJ's new plea for extraordinary access to encrypted data, put forward at a summit last week, moves the debate toward systems that are harder to secure and uses cases that are exponentially costlier to address.