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Weakening the security of our devices in the name of fighting terrorism doesn't make us safer

Weakening the security of our devices in the name of fighting terrorism doesn't make us safer

The shocking and brutal attack by two terrorists on a San Bernardino County health department holiday party last year left 14 people dead, dozens wounded and countless Americans feeling more threatened than they have in years. Now, federal lawmakers are considering a bill that responds to one of the threats exposed by the San Bernardino shooters: the ability of terrorists and criminals to conceal evidence on their smartphones so effectively that even the phone manufacturer can't decrypt it.

Unfortunately, the draft bill by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the leaders of the Senate intelligence committee, proposes a solution that would inevitably make...

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