An official draft of the bill was published last week, in the wake of Apple’s standoff with the FBI over access to an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack. The bill has been met with strong resistance from civil liberties groups like the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation, as well as Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), who has said he will filibuster it.
But the bill’s backers have sought to dispel concerns over privacy and security, arguing that it is critical to law enforcement. “No entity or individual is above the law,” Feinstein said in a statement last week. “The bill we have drafted would simply provide that, if a court of law issues an order to render technical assistance or provide decrypted data, the company or individual would be required to do so.
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