Wyden Again Floats Bill To Bar Backdoor Access To User Data

By Allison Grande (January 9, 2015, 5:38 PM EST) -- Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on Thursday reintroduced legislation that would bar the government from requiring technology companies to give federal agencies backdoor access to users' private communications, saying the measure was necessary to prevent hackers from using the holes to steal data from businesses.

In a message posted to his Twitter account, the senator revealed that he was resurrecting the Secure Data Act, which he first floated in December. As with the earlier version, the latest proposal would expressly prohibit the federal government from mandating that technology companies such as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. build security weaknesses into their products...

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