MAR 03, 2020 | US
Encryption and Section 230
Politico, March 3, 2020
By Tim Starks
Industry watchers are sounding off on an incoming bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham that's poised to threaten tech companies' prized legal liability shield, calling the effort a thinly veiled attack on end-to-end encryption.
Tommy Ross, senior policy director at BSA | The Software Alliance, told MC that while staff working on the legislation said it wasn't about encryption, it "smells to us a little bit like an encryption bill based on the rhetoric on the same topic coming out of the Department of Justice." Said Ross: "One of the things that we'll be seeking is some set of safeguards to prevent best practices coming out of a commission as they envision it from undermining common security best practices, from requiring companies to do things that are cost prohibitive or technically infeasible."
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