Trump election ignites fears over U.S. encryption, surveillance policy

By Dustin Volz and Joseph Menn WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Donald Trump's surprise election victory has alarmed technology companies and civil libertarians fearful that a self-described 'law and order' president will attempt to expand surveillance programs and rejoin a long-running battle over government access to encrypted information. Trump's campaign featured numerous broadsides against the tech sector, including calls for closing off parts of the internet to limit militant Islamist propaganda and urging a boycott of Apple Inc products over the company's refusal to help the FBI unlock an iPhone associated with last year’s San Bernardino, California shootings. Trump has also threatened antitrust action against Amazon.com Inc and demanded that tech companies such as Apple build their products in the United States.

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