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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."

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.

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


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