Crypto-Wars Escalate: Congress Plans Bill To Force Companies To Comply With Decryption Orders

Thursday, February 18, 2016
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden

Seemingly angered at the temerity of Apple’s Tim Cook’s defense of individual’s privacy and security, Congress has escalated the ‘crypto-wars’ that are dividing Washington and Silcon Valley. In its most directly totalitarian move yet, WSJ reports that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R., N.C.) is working on a proposal that would create criminal penalties for companies that don’t comply with court orders to decipher encrypted communications. It seems Edward Snowden was right, The FBI is creating a world where citizens rely on Apple to defend their right, rather than the other way around.

Liberty Blitzkrieg’s Mike Krieger provides some much-needed background in the escalation of the crypto-wars. >The feds, and the FBI in particular, have been very vocal for a long time now about the desire to destroy strong encryption, i.e., the ability of citizens to communicate privately. A year ago, I wrote the following in the post, By Demanding Backdoors to Encryption, U.S. Government is Undermining Global Freedom and Security:

One of the biggest debates happening at the intersection of technology and privacy at the moment revolves around the U.S. government’s fear that the American peasantry may gain access to strong encryption in order to protect their private communications. Naturally, this isn’t something Big Brother wants to see, and the “solution” proposed by the status quo revolves around forcing technology companies to provide a way for the state to have access to all secure communications when they deem it necessary.

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