Oregon Senator introduces bill to thwart government snooping in phones, PCs
Senator Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that would prohibit the U.S. government from mandating backdoor access into the smartphones and computers of Americans. The bill comes after the FBI engaged in a standoff with tech giants like Apple and Google over the use of encryption software on newer phones. Law enforcement officials cite public safety as a concern and claim that having backdoor access could help in criminal investigations.
Wyden cites privacy and civil liberties as the basis for his bill, stating that the best way to keep Americans' data safe is through strong encryption:
Wyden's Senate bill follows the House's similar effort in June to prohibit electronic vulnerability mandates in a 293-123 vote.
Source: Senator Wyden
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Chuong's passion for gadgets began with the humble PDA. Since then, he has covered a range of consumer and enterprise devices, raning from smartphones to tablets, laptops to desktops and everything in between for publications like Pocketnow, Digital Trends, Wareable, Paste Magazine, and TechRadar in the past before joining the awesome team at Windows Central. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, when not working, he likes exploring the diverse and eclectic food scene, taking short jaunts to wine country, soaking in the sun along California's coast, consuming news, and finding new hiking trails.
Too many brainwashed to understand that simple truth.
― Samuel Adams
This is one good step forward for security and privacy. It's not a matter of "nothing to hide, nothing to fear", that's rubbish - it's about requiring due process. You want to know something? Ask them to their face with a warrant, or ask the provider of said data with a warrant. Fishing expeditions need to stop. Intel should be gathered before any action.
The sad truth is that the majority of crimes, especially heinous acts, don't actually have a discernable data footprint, yet civil liberties get stomped on all the time for nothing tangible or credible.
Innocent until proven guilty. If you suspect someone of something then warrant up and hound the suspect but don't smash the civil liberties of the rest of the innocent and just society to do it.