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Congressman Jerry McNerney

Representing the 9th District of California

Rep. McNerney Issues Statement on Feinstein-Burr Draft Encryption Legislation

Apr 13, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) released the following statement in response to a discussion draft of encryption legislation circulated by Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr.

“This draft legislation, which mandates that companies decrypt information transmitted by their equipment or provide the means to do so when ordered by a court, fails to take into account the technological complexities and could present more national security risks than it solves.

Such a mandate, if enforced, could introduce vulnerabilities into our national security, making it easier for criminals, terrorists, and other bad actors to gain access to secure information.

Our national security would be best served by an expert-level policy debate on how to ensure that law enforcement has access to necessary information without weakening our security or individual liberties. To do this, we should convene leading experts from areas including technology, consumer protection, commerce, national intelligence, and law enforcement to inform Congress on how to best address these issues. The McCaul-Warner Digital Security Commission Bill, of which I am an original cosponsor, would do just that.

I look forward to the House and Senate continuing to work on a bicameral and bipartisan approach to deal with this complex and important issue.”

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Rep. Jerry McNerney proudly serves the constituents of California’s 9th Congressional District that includes portions of San Joaquin, Contra Costa, and Sacramento Counties. For more information on Rep. McNerney’s work, follow him on Facebook and on Twitter @RepMcNerney.