Media Advisory: Decrypting the Encryption Debate – New Report and Webinar Feb. 15

Individuals, organizations, and governments rely on encryption to counter threats from a wide range of actors, including identity thieves, foreign intelligence agencies, and repressive governments. At the same time, criminals rely on encryption to avoid investigation and prosecution, complicating law enforcement and intelligence investigations.  This encryption debate recently rose to public prominence in connection with the FBI’s efforts to compel Apple to decrypt the phone of a dead terrorist in the San Bernardino case. 

To address these issues, a new National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report examines the trade-offs associated with mechanisms to provide authorized government agencies with access to plaintext version of encrypted information, and develops a framework for decision-makers. 

Members of the committee that conducted the study and wrote the report will present the findings from the report and answer questions during a public webinar beginning at 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 15.  Please register for the webinar here.

Advance copies of Decrypting the Encryption Debate: A Framework for Decision-Makers will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Wednesday, Feb. 14.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 11 a.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 15.  To obtain an embargoed copy of the report, reporters should contact the National Academies’ Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or email