Republicans Who Don't Understand Encryption Introduce Bill to Break It - 2020-06-24
Three Republican senators, who have never showed that they understand how encryption works, have now introduced a bill that would force tech companies to break their own encryption when asked by a judge.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), and Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, the first bill in years that attempts to make it easier for cops and feds to access data encrypted on a phone, or end-to-end encrypted messages exchanged through apps like Signal, iMessage, or WhatsApp.
"Terrorists and criminals routinely use technology, whether smartphones, apps, or other means, to coordinate and communicate their daily activities. In recent history, we have experienced numerous terrorism cases and serious criminal activity where vital information could not be accessed, even after a court order was issued. Unfortunately, tech companies have refused to honor these court orders and assist law enforcement in their investigations," Graham was quoted as saying in the press release announcing the bill.