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house Bill H.R. 4528

Should the Feds Block State and Local Governments from Making Data Encryption (and Decryption) Laws?

Argument in favor

State and local governments need to be blocked from enacting their own encryption standards that could vary widely from state to state, causing problems for businesses and consumers. A nationwide federal encryption standard should be developed to ensure that users' devices aren't in violation of state or local law when they travel the country.

Jacob's Opinion
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02/18/2016
I like how they don't give you an option to say "not at all". Government should butt out of corporate encryption. This all came about due to the FBI trying to decrypt the Apple device used by shooters. Do not give up your Liberty for security because you will lose both and deserve neither.
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Dawn's Opinion
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02/18/2016
This should not be allowed at any level, State or Federal
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02/23/2016
Keep the government; local, state, and federal, out of my devices. Period!
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Argument opposed

Some oppose this bill, saying it leaves open the door for federal encryption regulations. Others opposed say state and local governments should have the power to set encryption laws. Variations in law from state-to-state may not make compliance difficult for businesses and consumers — as long as the officials developing those policies use best practices.

Reid's Opinion
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02/18/2016
It seems that people that voted yes or no seem to both be against the implementation of the law. Please clarify which side we're voting for as the title and description contradict each other!
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Spider-Man's Opinion
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02/18/2016
I say nay because Apple is right. If they do this just once, it'll be like a domino effect in that it'll affect everyone. And it'll cause the government to have a sense of "Ok, now that we twisted apples arm we can do it to anyone else." I think the FBI should give it to Apple to decrypt and let Apple show them what the phone has. Without showing any sense of how Apple got into the phone.
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Rocko's Opinion
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02/23/2016
It's pretty clear that this will be abused
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Energy and Commerce
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedFebruary 10th, 2016
    I like how they don't give you an option to say "not at all". Government should butt out of corporate encryption. This all came about due to the FBI trying to decrypt the Apple device used by shooters. Do not give up your Liberty for security because you will lose both and deserve neither.
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    It seems that people that voted yes or no seem to both be against the implementation of the law. Please clarify which side we're voting for as the title and description contradict each other!
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    I say nay because Apple is right. If they do this just once, it'll be like a domino effect in that it'll affect everyone. And it'll cause the government to have a sense of "Ok, now that we twisted apples arm we can do it to anyone else." I think the FBI should give it to Apple to decrypt and let Apple show them what the phone has. Without showing any sense of how Apple got into the phone.
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    This should not be allowed at any level, State or Federal
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    Keep the government; local, state, and federal, out of my devices. Period!
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    It's pretty clear that this will be abused
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    This is none of the government's business and is a direct violation of the fourth amendment.
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    The government can't even protect its own secrets and employees!
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    After reading the bill it looks like if you are against the government making companies create encryption or decryption for their products vote yes? Hard to tell.
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    I refuse to sacrifice freedom for security.
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    Federal authorities should develop a policy on encryption laws, not state governments.
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    they should give the iPhone to apple and let them give fbi any info that fbi could use about any more threats. without giving away any encryption.!!!
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    Our government should not have any laws over the internet in any way form or fashion.
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    On this one I choose privacy over security. Also, I fear the legal precedent that local legislation might set. I feel very strongly about this as do those around me at the water cooler.
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    Absolutely not. Once the encryption is broken for one phone, it opens the avenue for all phones. I'm growing so weary of the government using terrorism as an excuse to suspend the Constitution.
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    It's so ambiguous, I can't tell which vote will keep Big Brothers' surveillance contained.
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    I think both Federal, State and Local governments to stay out of the encryption issue. It violates our right to privacy.
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    I don't have anything to hide. However this is a very slippery slope. At first I thought Sure why not. But on second thought. I said when given the "keys" so to speak to the government who's to say they won't go into everyone's cell phone they would fall asleep if they would listen to my calls. Also who to say someone would not hack into the government's server and get the info. Just saying Just my opinion
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    I agree with Apple on this one
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    This position is unclear. Title needs to be more inline with the bill's actual content. To be clear, I vote against any government contracting of cyber security breach creations from big tech. I fully believe our taxes can create a backdoor in the name of National Security. The only reason this is a hot topic is the US government wants to set the precedent to mandate their reach and control of the private sector of the US big tech industry.
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