Getting rid of encryption would "make it easier for vast numbers of people to be spied upon," Green said. "How to strike a balance is the question. Is getting rid of encryption worth it?"
Jack Gold, an analyst at J. Gold Associates, said the U.S. and much of the world face a serious dilemma in balancing privacy and security when it comes to smartphones.
"It's a two-edge sword," Gold said. "The question is what are we willing to give up in privacy to allow law enforcement agencies to be able to read what we send? Even if we do, will the bad guys go along? Do we prevent even the most powerful encryption apps from being deployed? It's a real dilemma that needs realistic discussion."
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