Support for encryption legislation wanes following Apple's standoff with authorities

An effort to propose a law creating a "back door" enabling law-enforcement agencies to access data on encrypted devices is dead, according to Reuters.

Republican Senator Richard Burr and Democrat Dianne Feinstein circulated draft legislation a few weeks ago following December's shooting in San Bernardino that left 14 people dead. The incident resulted in a standoff between the U.S. Department of Justice and Apple, which had protested a court order to help the FBI gain access to data on an iPhone belonging to one of the shooters. The FBI eventually paid professional hackers to open the phone.

Burr and Feinstein are leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee. But their draft legislation isn't likely to be introduced this year, Reuters reported, and would stand no chance of advancing if it were. A lack of White House support for the legislation was cited as a primary reason. Article

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