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Congressional ‘Crypto Commission’ may tackle Apple vs FBI debate


Apple's fighting the FBI for the right to privacy.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that he wishes the company’s current battle with the FBI will be resolved by Congress, rather than in a courtroom, and it appears that he just may get his wish.

Lawmakers in both the House of Representatives and the Senate plan to propose a new commission be created that will specialize on finding the balance between citizens’ right to privacy, while also combating terrorism and other issues of national security.

Texas Republican Rep. Michael McCaul and Democrat Senator Mark Warner from Virginia announced Wednesday morning that they intend to introduce legislation that will create a 16-member commission to deal with security and technology issues, according to a report from The Daily Dot.

Leaders from both the tech and law enforcement worlds would be brought together to debate everything from encryption to backdoors. The legislation is expected to be introduced sometime early next week.

“The commission would bring together experts who understand the complexity and the stakes to develop viable recommendations on how to balance competing digital security priorities,” the Bipartisan Policy Center said today in a statement on the proposed commission.

The two lawmakers will be hosting a conversation tonight discussing the roll out of their legislation. Apple CEO Tim Cook is also speaking out against the FBI’s actions tonight in an interview with ABC’s Worlds News Tonight.

Source: IBTimes


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