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Senator Wyden Places Hold on Surveillance Bill

The Senate was seeking unanimous consent to quickly move forward with a vote on a bill that would expand FBI surveillance power. Senator Ron Wyden has voted against the proposal,…

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Senate Narrowly Rejects Expansion on FBI Surveillance

The US Senate has narrowly rejected a bill to expand FBI surveillance. The bill would expand the FBI’s use of national security letters (NSL). NSLs allow the FBI to demand…

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Report: Anti-Encryption Bill Losing Support

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks last year, legislators in the US Senate began work on a bill that would require backdoors to allow police to circumvent encryption. The…

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House Passes Bill Requiring Warrant to Search Email

In a surprising step in favor of privacy, the United States House of Representatives unanimously passed the Email Privacy Act, which requires law enforcement to get a search warrant to…

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Senators Release Official Draft of Anti-Encryption Bill

For several months, Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein have been cooking up a bill to undermine strong encryption. Last week, journalists leaked a draft of the bill, which gave…

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Senators’ Anti-Encryption Bill is Finally Revealed

Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein have been working on an anti-encryption bill for several months, and now we finally get to see the fruit of their labor. A draft…

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Congress Considers Encryption Legislation While Another Bill is Still in the Works

Since the Paris attacks last year, Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein have been working on legislation that would mandate backdoors in encryption. Reports from insiders suggest that the pair…

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Legislators Push Forward with Opposing Proposals on Encryption

Previously we had reported on two separate proposals, one in the House and the other in the Senate, which aimed to deal with the imagined threat of encryption. The first,…

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FBI Director Tells Senate Encryption is a “Business Model Question”

Speaking before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director James Comey characterized the current debate surrounding encryption as a “business model question.” Comey informed the committee that he had numerous talks…

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Senators Prepare Legislation to Extend NSA Surveillance, Mandate Encryption Backdoors

In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, members of US law enforcement agencies as well as other government officials were quick to push the notion that more surveillance is needed…