Originally posted on PandoDaily:
Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill meant to prevent federal agencies from forcing technology companies to build “backdoors” into their products. The move puts Wyden at odds with James Comey, the leader of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who has argued for increased access to consumer electronic devices to assist the bureau’s efforts to investigate criminals and terrorists.
“Strong encryption and sound computer security is the best way to keep Americans’ data safe from hackers and foreign threats,” Wyden said in a statement about the bill. “It is the best way to protect our constitutional rights at a time when a person’s whole life can often be found on his or her smartphone. And strong computer security can rebuild consumer trust that has been shaken by years of misstatements by intelligence agencies about mass surveillance of Americans.”
The bill itself is two pages long. It contains two sections: one…
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