'Get your act together': Tech companies face bipartisan congressional uproar over encryption - 2019-12-10
"My advice to you is to get on with it, because this time next year, if we haven't found a way that you can live with, we will impose our will on you," warned Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who reversed his 2016 stance on encryption in his opening remarks.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the upper chamber's No. 2 Democrat, echoed Graham's warning. The encryption debate is about whether to allow companies to be "beyond the reach of the law," he said.
Durbin showed little patience for Silicon Valley's argument that encryption protects ordinary Americans from hackers and repressive regimes that want to spy on users' communications. The Judiciary hearing was not about those threats, he said. "We're talking about our government protecting our citizens" from crime.