Congress is starting to address the fight between the FBI and Apple. A bill creating a National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges. This commission brings experts together from the technology and law enforcement communities to produce a report on encryption policy.
It’s still far away from being legally binding for either the FBI or Apple, but the commission would provide a great starting point for legislative action on the issues currently faced by the courts. Co-Sponsor of the bill Eric Swalwell(D-CA), had this to say. “Technology companies and law enforcement both have raised serious public policy issues. It’s time to work together.”
The bill was brought to the table by Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul and Virginia Senator Mark Warner. Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote a letter to Apple employees on February 22nd stating: “We feel the best way forward would be for the government to withdraw its demands under the All Writs Act and, as some in Congress have proposed, form a commission or other panel of experts on intelligence, technology and civil liberties to discuss the implication for law enforcement, national security, privacy and personal freedoms. Apply would gladly participate in such an effort.”