The new Senate encryption bill, explained (The 3:59, Ep. 28)

On today's podcast, Ben enlists retired lawyer Iyaz Akhtar to delve into the "Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016."

Ben Fox Rubin Former senior reporter
Ben Fox Rubin was a senior reporter for CNET News in Manhattan, reporting on Amazon, e-commerce and mobile payments. He previously worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and got his start at newspapers in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
Iyaz Akhtar Principal Video Producer
Iyaz Akhtar works tenaciously to make technology work for him so he can live a life of leisure. He's been in the tech sector as a writer, an editor, a producer, and a presenter since 2006.
Ben Fox Rubin
Iyaz Akhtar

Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Wednesday proposed new legislation on encryption, following Apple's battle with the FBI.

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Two US senators are taking on a new effort to make tech companies crack their own encryption. The bill comes just after Apple's tussle with the federal government to break into an iPhone used by a terrorist, but that issue ended without coming to a head. For this episode, Ben asks retired lawyer Iyaz Akhtar (and current CNET editor) to explain this proposed legislation, called the "Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016," and why some folks are so worried about it.

But, after that heavy subject, we try to end on an uplifting note.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng (currently on parental leave), Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.



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