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Feinstein-backed bill to mandate Apple and others to help FBI access encrypted data




Chairman of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Richard Burr (R), R-North Carolina, speaks with Vice Chair Senator Dianne Feinstein (L), D-California.
Chairman of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Richard Burr (R), R-North Carolina, speaks with Vice Chair Senator Dianne Feinstein (L), D-California.
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Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) unveiled a proposal that would force companies like Apple to help the government gain access to encrypted data on a computer or mobile device with a court order.

The draft proposal comes less than a month after the federal government dropped its lawsuit against Apple over encrypted data housed on an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The Senators could introduce the bill as early as this week. Its chances at passage seem questionable, though, after the White House declined to give its support. Critics say the proposal would roll back privacy rights of consumers and leave data vulnerable to attack.

Guests:

Patrick Howell O’Neill, reporter at the Daily Dot, an online publication that covers tech- and internet-related issues. He’s been reporting on the encryption debate

Jeffrey Addicott, professor of law at St. Mary's School of Law in San Antonio, where he is the director of the Center for Terrorism Law

Nate Cardozo, Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an organization that defends civil liberties in the digital world