The battle over unlocking smartphones

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- The fight over encryption is heating up on Capitol Hill, thanks to the release of draft legislation that would require tech companies such as Apple to help the FBI unlock smart phones and other devices.

The legislation is sponsored by the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Richard Burr, (R-N.C.), and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Ca). It would require companies to work with law enforcement officials to decrypt customers` data if presented with a court order to do so.

To discuss the new legislation, Scott Schaffer of Blade Technologies, Inc. stopped by the studio this morning to talk with Randi.

Legislation that would require companies like Apple to help the FBI unlock secure devices was criticized by the tech industry and privacy advocates.

The tech industry and privacy advocates said the legislation would undermine the whole concept of encryption.
The Information Technology and Information Foundation contends the bill 'sets up a legal paradox' because 'the customer controls the only keys used to encrypt the data.' The bill says the government can`t force companies to make design changes to software or hardware, but that`s what would be required to unlock encrypted devices, ITIF argues.


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