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
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.
Effectively, this law would outlaw encryption in products and services made by U.S. companies.