How WhatsApp and other encryption apps shaped the Mueller report

Source: Craig Timberg & Drew Harwell, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Free encryption technology now is available to almost anybody in the world with a laptop computer or smartphone, a development that can complicate the recovery of information even by authorities such as Mueller who have the full range of U.S. investigative tools at their disposal. These technologies, while not impossible to defeat, are regularly used by criminals and terrorists, yet encryption apps also provide substantial protection to human rights workers, journalists, political dissidents and many others with legitimate fears of overreaching surveillance — by foreign governments or their own.

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