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Amid latest FBI-Apple feud, senators float new bill creating encryption backdoors

The debate over the government’s right to access encryption backdoors in tech products isn’t going away. On a day when the FBI says it’ll go ahead with a well-known court order to unlock an iPhone in a drug case, the two powerful senators have floated a bill that would require companies like Apple to assist the … Continue reading “Amid latest FBI-Apple feud, senators float new bill creating encryption backdoors”

The debate over the government’s right to access encryption backdoors in tech products isn’t going away. On a day when the FBI says it’ll go ahead with a well-known court order to unlock an iPhone in a drug case, the two powerful senators have floated a bill that would require companies like Apple to assist the government in unlocking devices like the one used by San Bernardino gunman Syed Farook. 

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Tech community advocates, naturally, don’t like the bill, which favors the interests of law enforcement and national security agencies. “It’s clear the bill authors lack a basic understanding of the technology industry or online commerce,” said App Association director Morgan Reed in a statement.

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Fast Company Senior Writer Mark Sullivan covers emerging technology, politics, artificial intelligence, large tech companies, and misinformation. An award-winning San Francisco-based journalist, Sullivan's work has appeared in Wired, Al Jazeera, CNN, ABC News, CNET, and many others.

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