Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Friday April 08, 2016

New Encryption Bill Is Ridiculous

I giggled a little bit when I read the opening paragraph of this bill. I could actually hear the Sylvester Stallone version of Judge Dredd in my head as I read that "no person or entity is above the law" part.

The basics of the bill are exactly what you'd expect. It says that any "device manufacturer, software manufacturer, electronic communication service, remote computing service, provider of wire or electronic or any person who provides a product or method to facilitate communication or the processing or storage of data" must respond to legal orders demanding access to said information. First off, this actually covers a hell of a lot more than was originally expected. By my reading, anyone providing PGP email is breaking the law -- because it's not just about device encryption, but encryption of communications in transit as well. I wonder how they expect to put that genie back in the bottle.