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November 19, 2015 9:40 PM EST

A coalition of dozens of the largest tech companies in the world is adamantly opposing any form of an official “backdoor” into encrypted devices.

The Information Technology Industry Council is a group of more than 60 major tech companies and organizations, including Google, Apple, Microsoft, Intel and Facebook.

“We deeply appreciate law enforcement’s and the national security community’s work to protect us,” the council said in a statement issued Thursday, “but weakening encryption or creating backdoors to encrypted devices and data for use by the good guys would actually create vulnerabilities to be exploited by the bad guys, which…

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