Senate Draft Encryption Bill Called 'Absurd,' 'Dangerous,' and Technically Inept

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    A draft of an encryption bill created by Senate Intelligence Committee leaders Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein was released last night, revealing the scope of the legislation that would require technology companies to decrypt data and share it in an "intelligible format" when served with a legal order.

    The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016, a copy of which was shared by Re/code, starts out by declaring "no person or entity is above the law." It says that all providers of communication services and products, from hardware to software, must both protect the privacy of residents of the United States through "implementation of appropriate data security," while still respecting the "rule of law" and complying with legal requirements and court orders to provide information stored either on devices or remotely.

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    In acknowledgement of the disagreement between the FBI and Apple, the legislation does include a clause that prevents it from authorizing "any government officer to require or prohibit any specific design or operating system to be adopted by any covered entity," and it shies away from specific technical demands, but the wording of the act itself, with no contingencies for inaccessible data, makes end-to-end encryption impossible. Any data encrypted by companies must also be able to be decrypted.

    Security experts have heavily criticized the bill. Daniel Castro of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation told Re/code the bill "sets up a legal paradox" while the ACT/App Association said it amounts to a government-mandated back door. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski says the entire bill is dangerous, calling it "a hodgepodge of technical ineptitude combined with pockets of contradiction."
    In a report yesterday, Reuters said the White House has decided not to offer public support for the legislation, as "the administration remains deeply divided on the issue." The bill is still in draft form, with the language subject to changes based on input from stakeholders. In a joint statement, Burr and Feinstein said they hope to have a final version completed soon.

    Update 4/13: An official draft of the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 was released on April 13, with few changes from the version released earlier in the month.

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    Article Link: Senate Draft Encryption Bill Called 'Absurd,' 'Dangerous,' and Technically Inept
     
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    Not a surprise....
    What else can you expect from "technically-challenged" people who don't understand the purpose of encryption?
     
  3. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

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    Noooooo.... No way.... Inept......

    Why is it that people are willing to stand up to these morons on technological issues, but not on anything else? Do we really think that they're any more competent in any other area?? Are these the people who you want regulating and running your life?? -__-

    Edit: I would add as a reminder that this is a Republican Senate, and its no freaking better than the S***hole that was the Democratic Senate.

    Beware, the statists agree on something...
     
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    Fascists. Not surprised it is the criminally corrupt Feinstein at the helm.
     
  5. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

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    ...AGAIN.
     
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    "The absurdity of this bill is beyond words. Due to the ... ineptitude of its authors, combined with a hunger for unconstitutional governmental powers, the end result is a very dangerous document that will weaken ... America."

    Cut out one or two words and you realize this happens in congress a few times a year, not just with technology. ;-)
     
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    And that's why "Conan Ruled!"? :D
     
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    I can vote against Feinstein, for Burr I guess I just have to contribute to whoever runs against him.
     
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    If this gets any footing, there will be a huge surge in extra-jurisdiction encryption servers for personal data and communications. While these have existed for a while, wide use will create court cases and OS level integration. I can see something like "iCloud secure" resident in outside any USA extradition.
     
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    Her term is up in 2018.
     
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    This is the equivalent of saying you have to make beer that tastes great but at the same time has no calories.

    Or delicious french fries that are also good for your health.

    You can't simultaneously protect privacy and make it possible to access data at will.
     
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    Say it ain't so.
     
  15. nozebleed macrumors 6502

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    i voted against that rino burr in the primaries too but his pockets are too deep with establishment dollars.
     
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    I guess we shouldn't be surprised. These are the same people that confirmed the appointment of the head of the FBI.
     
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    These guys don't understand security at all!

    If they open it up for law enforcement, they open it for everyone. There is no special case that does not compromise a user's security.

    this is ludacris
     
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    So, privacy must be protected, except that it must not be protected. Easy! But impossible.
     
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    Would it be misogynistic or antisemitic of me to observe that Dianne Feinstein looks like Emperor Palpatine in drag?
     
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    govtrack.us

    edit - not up yet, but good website in general for tracking bills
     
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    Things went wrong in the US once these oligarchs were not given term limits, then when they made laws that they exempted themselves.
     
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    So this bill, unlike virtually every other regulatory bill that comes out Congress, was not ghost-written by the regulated industry itself? That would be so exceptional an occurrence as to be essentially impossible.

    It helps to be able to hear the dog that isn't barking.
     
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    If this bill ever becomes law is the day I throw my cell phone in the trash and go "off the grid".
     
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