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Press Release

FreedomWorks Opposes Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill

04/14/2016

Following the release of a draft version of the Compliance with Court Orders Act by Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

“There are a lot of bad ideas that are introduced in Congress every year, but this bill may be one of the worst in recent memory. To say that this bill would be a blow to digital privacy would be one of the biggest understatements in history. This bill turns backdoor access to encrypted data into a meteor-sized crater. Any notion of digital privacy is thrown out of the window if this bill becomes law. We’re also concerned about the negative impact this bill would have on America’s role in the digital economy.”

“Unfortunately, we are again hearing the same failed arguments from those who are all too happy to sacrifice our liberties for a false sense of security. The bill doesn’t protect our national security. It doesn’t keep us safer online. All it does is further erode our rights and undermine one of the fastest growing sectors of our economy.”

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