Recently, a draft of an anti-encryption legislation was exploited & leaked online. The bill drafted by Senators Richard Burr (North Carolina) and Diane Feinstein (California) forces tech companies to aid law enforcement to crack encryption on requested devices. Data privacy advocates and cyber security experts are worried with the disturbing outlines of the bill labeling it dangerous, absurd and immature for user data privacy.
Both senators severely criticized Apple Inc. for standing up for their customers while ignoring to entertain request to decrypt the San Bernardino iPhone. Both were quoted saying that no company is above the law when it comes to obey the court’s order, unless of course there is a defined law addressing the underlying issue.
The Feinstein-Burr US Encryption Bill
The Feinstein-Burr bill primarily focuses on strengthening the State’s power to break into even the toughest encryption regimes, simply by making the tech provider decrypt the data. According to data privacy experts, the bill has been drafted to avoid issues that were faced in Apple vs. FBI case. It aims to empower security agencies to forcefully get involuntary support from US companies in case they require decryption of device data.
” The Senate’s Draft Encryption Bill Is ‘Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate”
Headline from Wired, 8th April 2016
Law enforcement and surveillance agencies are loving the draft bill, but the interesting thing here is that the White House is not a fan. Considering the current state of digital privacy in the USA, the bill will create a cyberspace similar to China in the United States.
There is a good news for US netizens though as the White house has outright refused to approve the Feinstein-Burr bill. According to Cryptography expert & Assistant Professor Mathew Green (Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University), the disapproval of the bill is attributed to its immaturity to address all stakeholders involved in the US tech & privacy industries.
Academics, reporters, tech companies and privacy advocates have all criticized the Feinstein-Burr Bill claiming it is naive, ludicrous and the work of feeble minds. After the White House’s clear rejection to back the bill, we suggest Mr. Feinstein and Ms. Burr to find alternative employment choices.
Hope you enjoyed our news post, let us know what you think about the Feinstein-Burr draft. Here is a copy of the draft you can read through for in depth scrutiny.