The “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016”, from Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, aims to effectively backdoor encryption in the United States according to a draft of the bill.
The bill, which has yet to be introduced, states that “A covered entity that receives a court order from a government for information or data shall – provide such information or data to such government in an intelligible format; or provide technical assistance as is necessary to obtain such information or data in an intelligible format or to achieve the purpose of the court order.”
It defines “intelligible” as data that’s either never been encrypted or data that was encrypted and then decrypted.
A “covered entity” is defined as a device manufacturer, software manufacturer, electronic communication service, remote computing service, provider of wire or electronic communication service, remote computing service, or “any person who provides a product or method to facilitate a communication or the processing of storage or data.”
The 9 page document appears to be self-contradictory as well because it says that the Act doesn’t authorize the government to require or prohibit covered entities to implement a certain design but the Act itself will be prohibiting them.
The bill never