US Republican Senators develop Bill to end use of ‘warrant-proof’ encryption

Here we go again

Three Republican Senators — Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Tom Cotton from Arkansas, and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee — said today they have introduced a Bill to end the use of “warrant-proof encryption”.

Dubbed the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, the Bill would see service providers and device manufacturers be compelled to assist law enforcement with accessing encrypted data after a court has issued a warrant.

The trio said tech companies that are deliberately designing products so that only users can access content has added “little to the security of the communications of the ordinary user” and is a “serious benefit” to criminals. The Senators also hit the usual tropes for promoting encryption-busting technology.

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