Senators Close to Finishing Encryption Penalties Legislation

This has been weighing on my conscience for hours now.

Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball for Reuters:


"Technology companies could face civil penalties for refusing to comply with court orders to help investigators access encrypted data under draft legislation nearing completion in the U.S. Senate, sources familiar with continuing discussions told Reuters on Wednesday.

The long-awaited legislation from Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, may be introduced as soon as next week, one of the sources said.

It would expose companies like Apple Inc, which is fighting a magistrate judge's order to unlock an iPhone connected to the mass-shooting in San Bernardino, California, to contempt of court proceedings and related penalties, the source said."


It’s so hard to see how this benefits anyone but the government. They’re looking to financially benefit from tech companies simply upholding peoples’ right to privacy - not just for Americans but many, many others around the world who buy iOS and Android smartphones. We’ve seen already how government is trying to set precedent that makes it easier for them to leisurely spy on anyone they want - this makes it extra clear that encryption is the enemy, making privacy the enemy.

They tried pulling at heartstrings, now it seems they’re playing hardball, showing their true intentions in the process. It honestly makes me sick.

(Via Reuters, Daring Fireball)