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Lawmakers close to finalizing Apple-approved encryption bill

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Feb
2016
Lawmakers close to finalizing Apple-approved encryption bill

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Two lawmakers will reveal more details about a major encryption bill on Wednesday amid a renewed debate over what role Congress should play in regulating encryption standards. The long-awaited measure, from House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), would establish a national commission to figure out how police can get at encrypted data without endangering Americans’ privacy.

The bill, which is expected to actually drop sometime next week, is intended to cut through the heated rhetoric that has defined the encryption debate in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. Apple’s recent decision to rebuff a court order seeking help unlocking an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters has only upped the ante in the long-running feud between the tech community and law enforcement.

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