The White House will not support a law that goes against encryption. According to Reuters, the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee of both political parties are preparing a law that forces companies to help law enforcement break the encryption of suspect devices. None of the laws will be supported by the Obama administration, at least as they were presented at the time of writing these lines.
The president of the United States has suggested on occasion that he would support law enforcement to access information from a telephone in investigations, but the White House still has not decided on it. Without an agreement between the Government, the forces of the law and with public opinion pending decisions, it is most likely that the White House does not rule on the encryption legislation.
Neither Obama nor the White House decide on encryption
Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein are expected to present a bill so federal courts have the authority to ask technology companies to cooperate in breaking the data encrypted in criminal investigations. Technology companies have positioned themselves and fought for the privacy and user rights, all mentioning how dangerous it would be to create vulnerable software that would allow law enforcement to access user data because, once a door is created, it is only a matter of time used by someone with bad intentions.
The main problem with the bills that want to force technology companies to offer help to law enforcement is that do not contain specific instructions, methods or limits on how these companies would have to help, nor have they defined what sanctions they would have to comply if they refused their help. Without set limits, it is difficult for a project to move forward, which, in this case, does not seem to be a bad thing.
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