Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) walks to the Senate Chamber to vote on legislation for funding the Department of Homeland Security

Leak of Senate encryption bill prompts swift backlash

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) walks to the Senate Chamber to vote on legislation for funding the Department of Homeland SecurityBy Dustin Volz and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Security researchers and civil liberties advocates on Friday condemned draft legislation leaked from the U.S. Senate that would let judges order technology companies to assist law enforcement agencies in breaking into encrypted data. The long-awaited bill is emerging just as the U.S. Justice Department redoubles its efforts to use the courts to force Apple to help unlock encrypted iPhones. The Senate proposal is an attempt to resolve long-standing disagreements between the technology community, which believes strong encryption is essential to keep hackers and others from disrupting the Internet, and law enforcement officials worried about being unable to pry open encrypted devices and communications of criminal suspects.

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