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Feds fund encryption apps that could cloak terrorists

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    U.S. government funds have recently been used to support the creation and maintenance of commercially-available smartphone encryption apps, according to public records.

    At the same time, U.S. security officials and some elected officials have complained to software makers that their encryption software allows terror groups to communicate over the Internet in secret. Some experts have even tied encryption and darknet communications to deadly attacks like the one by ISIS in Paris last week.

    The U.S.-financed Open Technology Fund (OTF) was created in 2012 and supports privately built encryption and other apps to "develop open and accessible technologies to circumvent censorship and surveillance, and thus promote human rights and open societies," according to the OTF's website.

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