Ted Lieu Intros Bill to Standardize National Encryption Policy
Congressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA), Mike Bishop (R-MI), Jim Jordan (R-OH), and Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (D-WA) on Thursday reintroduced a bill that would standardize a national policy on encryption laws, prohibiting state and local governments from moving forward with their own laws. Lieu first introduced this bill in 2016 in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting, when at the time, the FBI and Apple were battling in court for access to the shooter’s locked phone. The new bill, dubbed the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act, would prohibit state and local governments from authorizing tech companies to design or alter the security functions in its product or service to allow the surveillance of any user of such product or service, or to allow the physical search of such product, by any agency or instrumentality of a State, a political subdivision of a State or the United States. “Any discussion of encryption and law enforcement access to data needs to happen at the federal level. As a computer science major, I can tell you that having 50 different mandatory state-level encryption standards is bad for security, consumers, innovation, and ultimately law enforcement,” said Lieu. “Encryption exists to protect us from bad actors, and can’t be weakened without also putting every American in harm’s way.” The Congressman says his bill will ensure a national discussion about encryption without compromising consumers’ security in the process. More here.