Reuters: ‘Push for Encryption Law Falters Despite Apple Case Spotlight’


Draft legislation that Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Intelligence Committee, had circulated weeks ago likely will not be introduced this year and, even if it were, would stand no chance of advancing, the sources said.

Key among the problems was the lack of White House support for legislation in spite of a high-profile court showdown between the Justice Department and Apple Inc over the suspect iPhone, according to Congressional and Obama Administration officials and outside observers.

“They’ve dropped anchor and taken down the sail,” former NSA and CIA director Michael Hayden said.

I think the push for mandatory back doors has faltered in part because of Apple’s public opposition, not despite it. Apple clarified why back doors are a terrible idea.

Monday, 30 May 2016