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Daily Dashboard | Encryption Backdoor Legislation Looks Unlikely, For Now Related reading: Notes from the IAPP, Dec. 4, 2020


The House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Information Technology held a hearing Wednesday on encryption and law enforcement access to mobile devices. Though FBI Executive Assistant Director Amy Hess and Suffolk County (MA) District Attorney Daniel Conley testified on the need for law enforcement access to combat terrorism and criminal activity, there appeared to be little support from lawmakers, BankInfoSecurity reports. Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) said, “It is clear to me that creating a pathway for decryption only for good guys is technologically stupid, you just can’t do that.” Some remained optimistic, however, that a solution is possible. Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) said, “I believe we can find a way to protect the privacy of law-abiding citizens and ensure that law enforcement have the tools they need to catch the bad guys.” Open Technology Institute’s Kevin Bankston said forcing U.S. businesses to install backdoors will drive away foreign customers and open the door for major breaches of personal information.
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