US Bill Proposal To Stop Backdoors In Encryption

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Introduced by Rep. Ted Leiu (D-CA) and cosponsored by Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Rep. Suzan Delbene (D-WA), Rep. Rob Bishop (R-MI) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), the ENCRYPT Act of 2016, short for “Ensuring National Constitutional Rights for Your Private Telecommunications Act of 2016”, aims “to preempt State data security vulnerability mandates and decryption requirements.”

The bill itself is very clear and simple, the main part is as follows:

(a) In general.—A State or political subdivision of a State may not—

(1) mandate or request that a manufacturer, developer, seller, or provider of covered products or services—

(A) design or alter the security functions in its product or service to allow the surveillance of any user of such product or service, or to allow the physical search of such product, by any agency or instrumentality of a State, a political subdivision of a State, or the United States; or

(B) have the ability to decrypt or otherwise render intelligible information that is encrypted or otherwise rendered unintelligible using its product or service; or

(2) prohibit the manufacture, sale or lease, offering for sale or lease, or provision to the general public of a covered product or service because such product or service uses encryption

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