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Lawmakers Plan Encryption Commission

U.S. News & World Report

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A bipartisan pair of lawmakers will introduce a bill next week to form a commission tasked with recommending a balance between the concerns of companies like Apple about customer privacy and the need of law enforcement to access encrypted electronics.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia spoke about their plan during an event at the Bipartisan Policy Center, explaining that the 16-member commission would focus on the broader challenge of digital security instead of just encryption. Warner, a member of the Senate intelligence committee, said the panel of 16 experts would be modeled after the 9/11 Commission that issued recommendations on how to prevent terrorist attacks .

“It could set the table for congressional action but also for the next administration,” he said. ” We want to maintain American innovation, but we also need to maintain American security. Encryption is part of the fabric of American security. We also need to have ways we can go after criminals and terrorists.”