House Votes To Bar NSA From Blunting Encryption Standards

Law360, New York (June 8, 2015, 6:45 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment to a spending bill on Thursday that would prohibit the National Institute of Standards and Technology from cooperating with the National Security Agency or the Central Intelligence Agency to weaken encryption standards.

U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, pictured at a past event, says weakening encryption standards would hurt U.S. businesses. (Credit: AP) The House voted 383-43 in favor of the amendment to a bill funding commerce, science and justice-related agencies. The amendment was sponsored by Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and co-sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas.

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