The US Claims It Doesn't Need a Court Order to Ask Tech Companies to Build Encryption Backdoors

The US Claims It Doesn't Need a Court Order to Ask Tech Companies to Build Encryption Backdoors

Federal authorities say they can request a U.S. tech company build surveillance backdoors into their products without any kind of court order, according to statements from July released this weekend, ZDNet reported.

According to the documents, intelligence officials told members of the Senate Intelligence Committee that there’s no need for them to approach courts before requesting a tech company help willfully—though they can always resort to obtaining a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court order if the company refuses.

Which is probably fine for US based businesses and citizens, but countries and businesses outside of the US don't necessarily see it this way. Imagine if the situation were reversed, say with a non-US network router or operating system? I wonder what the US NSA would say? It would probably be easier if the companies concerned could state whether their products or software contained any backdoors, but the US gag orders also prohibit them from confirming or denying this. I can see now why more hosting and cloud services are popping up in Europe but you also want to be sure under what legal jurisdiction the hosting company is.

See https://gizmodo.com/the-us-claims-it-doesnt-need-a-court-order-to-ask-tech-1821002151

The US Claims It Doesn't Need a Court Order to Ask Tech Companies to Build Encryption Backdoors
Federal authorities say they can request a U.S. tech company build surveillance backdoors into their products without any kind of court order, according to statements from July released this weekend, ZDNet reported.

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