Some Lawmakers Want To Punish Tech Firms That Defy Decryption Orders
A potential bill by Sens. Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein is expected to slam uncooperative technology companies, like Apple, with civil penalties.By Evan Thomas | March 10, 2016
Fighting for encryption might become more difficult. Legislation that penalizes pushback on decryption orders is expected as early as next week.
If such a bill is introduced and passes, companies would risk civil penalties, including contempt of court, if they refuse to comply with court orders to grant access to devices.
This would crank up pressure on companies to provide workarounds that might erode digital privacy and civil liberties — one of the biggest reasons Apple is resisting the FBI in the San Bernardino case.