by Chris Bonatti, President of IECA, Casper Wyoming
On the heels of the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act, which was introduced in the Senate Judiciary Committee in March, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has introduced yet another anti-encryption measure called the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data (LAED) Act. Co-sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), this new legislation aims to end the use of so-called “warrant-proof” encryption technology. They say the bill would deprive “bad actors” of strong encryption, bolster national security interests, and better protect communities. It will require technology companies, such as Apple, to engineer back doors into their encryption technology.
We (IECA) think LAED will deprive all Americans of strong encryption, while the bad actors simply get their encryption technology elsewhere.