House Lawmaker Pushes For Bar On NSA Spying Backdoor

Law360, New York (September 9, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT) -- Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., on Friday ramped up his push for the passage of legislation that would bar the government from cracking encryption mechanisms that companies use to protect electronic data, in light of reports that intelligence agencies are secretly building Internet surveillance backdoors.

The lawmaker originally floated his proposal — H.R. 2818, the Surveillance State Repeal Act — in July following revelations brought to light by documents leaked by former government contractor Edward Snowden that the National Security Agency was using its authority under the...
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