A National Security Council committee has discussed whether to ban encryption without a mandatory backdoor for government access to plaintext.
Senior officials debated whether to ask Congress to effectively outlaw end-to-end encryption, which scrambles data so that only its sender and recipient can read it.
The last time this campaign against encryption kicked off was during the George W. Bush administration, in mid-2008, when FBI officials briefed Senate Intelligence committee members on what they called the “Going Dark” problem.
As of this reporting, this is no Trump administration-specific plan. But the danger is that it could become one.