FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2016 file photos an iPhone is seen in Washington. A draft version of a Senate bill would effectively prohibit unbreakable encryption and require companies to help the government get access to readable data on a device if there’s a lawful search warrant. The draft is being finalized by Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, who chairs the Senate’s Intelligence Committee, and his vice chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster,File)

Conservatives Should Oppose the Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill

Senators Burr (R-NC) and Feinstein (D-CA) have introduced new legislation that tips the scales of in the fight between privacy and security all the way over to security.

The legislation essentially requires that American technology companies build consumer products that can be hacked for the sake of American intelligence gathering.

The intentions are, to be sure, driven by a desire to protect Americans. But the practical outcome is the big government nanny state at its worst and the legislation is being drafted by a bunch of geriatrics who who probably still use flip phones. Don’t tell me seriously that either Richard Burr or Dianne Feinstein understand technology beyond that demonstrated in the Flintstones.

Government mandated security vulnerabilities are what we should expect from communist regimes like China, not the United States. That our government could encourage our phones to be hackable by government is just a further encouragement for hackers of all stripes to break into our information.

In this age, we really need to protect the privacy of Americans more and more as so many seek to profit off our stolen identities and information.

I get the motivation behind the legislation, but I know, it is not just a suspicion, that the legislation will do more harm than good.

Conservatives should oppose this legislation.

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