Friday, January 9, 2015

The No Back Door Bill is Back

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is reintroducing legislation that bars the government from requiring technology companies to build so-called "backdoor" security vulnerabilities into their devices to allow access to their data.

Wyden first introduced the bill last December after FBI director James Comey criticized moves by some phone companies to encrypt devices to prevent anyone from accessing their data without permission, even law enforcement.

Comey has called on Congress to update a 1994 law to allow a workaround, saying the phone locks could stall some law enforcement investigations.

The problem with this proposal is that there is no such thing as a magic key that can only be used by good people for worthwhile reasons,” Wyden said in a floor statement Thursday. “There is only strong security or weak security.”