ACLU Statement on Encryption Bill

For Immediate Release

ACLU Statement on Encryption Bill

WASHINGTON - A proposed bill written by Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released last night would require companies to give the government access to encrypted communications.

Neema Singh Guliani, legislative counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union, had this reaction:

“This bill is a clear threat to everyone’s privacy and security. Instead of heeding the warnings of experts, the senators have written a bill that ignores economic, security, and technical reality. It would force companies to deliberately weaken the security of their products by providing backdoors into the devices and services that everyone relies on. Senators Burr and Feinstein should abandon their efforts to create a government backdoor.”


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) conserves America's original civic values working in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in the United States by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

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