The Senate Intelligence Committee just released a draft of long-awaited legislation to tackle the problem authorities have with encrypted communications. Namely, because encryption is so secure, it interferes with court orders in the same way private property poses problems for police who just want to get things done.
The Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016 authored by Sens Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., mandate companies to shoulder the technical burden of accessing encrypted emails or files when investigators issue court orders. It doesn’t specify penalties for noncompliance.s
When CCOA hit the internet this week, lots of techies, privacy advocates, reporters and security researchers saw red over what they described as legislation that makes encryption illegal or requires backdoors.