The moral of the story? It’s not, as the FBI has been requesting, a bill to make it easier to access encrypted communications, as in the proposed revised Burr-Feinstein bill. Such “solutions” would make us less secure, not more so. Instead we need to increase law enforcement’s capabilities to handle encrypted communications and devices. This will also take more funding as well as redirection of efforts. Increased security of our devices and simultaneous increased capabilities of law enforcement are the only sensible approach to a world where securing the bits, whether of health data, financial information, or private emails, has become of paramount importance. – via Lawfare
Imagine not being able to buy an iPhone in your state because the phone’s data is protected by encryption. A couple of Congressman are trying to make sure a scenario like that can’t happen.
The Encrypt Act of 2016, short for Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications Act, would ensure that states do not have the power to block the sale of encrypted smartphones or require manufacturers to equip their phones with a back door to access private data. The bill is set to be introduced Wednesday by Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).
Encryption is built into Apple’s iPhone, Android phones and other smartphones to ensure that your personal data is safe and secure from prying eyes. An encryption key is needed to decrypt the data, which the smartphone manufacturers do not possess.