Encryption poised to hamper Jan. 6 investigators' phone records push

The congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection could soon face an obstacle familiar to law enforcement: the popularity of encrypted communications.
The committee dramatically escalated its inquiry last week, sending dozens of requests to social media and telecommunications companies asking them to hold onto individuals’ communications data related to attempts to overturn the 2020 election and the Jan. 6 Capitol siege. That includes a politically fraught bid for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s phone records.
Several of the companies that received preservation requests from the panel said they would comply to the best of their ability. Clint Smith, the chief legal officer at the chat platform Discord, said in a statement the company condemned the Jan. 6 violence and would “cooperate fully as appropriate.” Rumble, a video platform popular with conservatives, said it would comply “with all valid law enforcement and investigative requests.”
But the encryption used on many

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By Nicholas Wu


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