Secure Data Act would protect device manufacturers from having to create a back door

Secure Data Act would protect device manufacturers from having to create a back door
A new bill introduced in Congress, called the Secure Data Act, would prevent a government agency or a court order from forcing a manufacturer to add a backdoor to a device that offers encrypted communications. The bill has bipartisan support, and was introduced in the House by Representatives Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Thomas Massie (R-KY), Ted Poe (R-TX), Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Ted Lieu (D-CA), and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).

The bill would give manufacturers of encrypted phones, tablets, computers and software (including apps like WhatsApp) protection from being forced to weaken the encryption on their products. Not only would it prevent a law enforcement agency like the FBI from forcing a phone manufacturer from providing it with back door access to their devices, it would also prevent a court order from doing the same thing. There is one exception as mentioned in the bill. That would be for requests and court orders having to do with wiretaps under the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act.

The Secure Data Act is a reaction to the battle between Apple and the FBI that took place in early 2016. The FBI was able to procure a court order demanding that Apple unlock the iPhone 5c that belonged to San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Apple ignored the order, saying that it would have to build a special version of iOS to unlock the device. Cook told law enforcement officials that he was reluctant to create this software, dubbed Govt.OS, for fear that it would be leaked. That would endanger the privacy of all iPhone users globally. As it turned out, the FBI paid to have the phone unlocked by a third party only to find not one shred of worthwhile information inside it.

source: EFF

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10 Comments

1. tangbunna

Posts: 485; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

this judge hammer hits on oneplus head.

2. zennacko unregistered

It should be an amendment to the constitution, making everything invulnerable by design. No tampering or pre-built backdoor crap on anything anymore.

3. MobilePhoneNo1

Posts: 3; Member since: May 09, 2018

I have a suggestion inorder to make the device secure from FBI every manufacturer should be made compulsory to include 1 key hardware enabled fast secure wipe so that every information available locally on the phone would be rendered useless and inelligible, So that decrypters like graybox would be rendered useless

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2453; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think Apple already developed a way to stop GrayKey from happening with its USB restricted mode that it’s introducing in 11.4.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Except AI will continually get faster making this quick fix useless.

5. rabramson2443 unregistered

We already have a law that prevents this from happening. It's called the fourth amendment to the constitution.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Don't do anything wrong and then they won't need info on your phone.

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

This is how I choose to live but others can feel free to hide their criminal wrong doings lol

9. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Seriously? Law and regulation change all the time, what is OK today then law and can change tomorrow make it illegal if there is no nails to hold the coffin shut.

10. gamehead unregistered

Hope it passes but i doubt it

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