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Republicans Push Bill Requiring Tech Companies to Help with the Impossible Task of Accessing Encrypted Data

Maybe someone should tell the bill’s sponsors that decrypting information that has been encrypted properly is technically impossible. Of course, these senators are not noted for their technical expertise.

(Yes, it is theoretically possible to capture the information at the originating location if that information is captured before or during encryption.However, any well-designed encryption product will make that very difficult.)

Senator Lindsey Graham

So, in total disregard of the facts, a group of Senate Republicans (Senator Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, along with Senators Tom Cotton and Marsha Blackburn) is looking to legally force tech companies to comply with “lawful access” to encrypted information, potentially jeopardizing the technology’s security features.

On Tuesday, Republican lawmakers introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, which calls for an end to “warrant-proof” encryption that’s disrupted criminal investigations. If passed, the act would require tech companies to help investigators access encrypted data if that assistance would help carry out a warrant.

The bill does not contain any technical information of how this decryption process could be accomplished. Perhaps the text of the bill should contain one more sentence: “Then a miracle occurs.”

You can read more silliness in an article by Alfred Ng in the C|Net web site at:

Categories: Encryption

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