US Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) introduced a bill that threatens the digital security and freedom of speech in the United Nations. The proposed bill “EARN IT” forces providers of the private messaging services to serious legal risk, potentially forcing them to undermine their tools’ security. Edward Snowden warned about the proposed bill.
“Congress even considering such a law is a national disgrace.”
The former NSA agent and the well-known whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted that the government is attempting to exploit anger at tech companies to pass a law that intentionally undermines digital security and censors speech. He added that such a law is even being considered by Congress is a national disgrace. Online privacy advocate Edward Snowden, the author of Permanent Record, revealed how the National Security Agency had tools of mass surveillance and used them to spy on the USA and foreign citizens.
The government is attempting to exploit anger at tech companies to pass a law that intentionally undermines digital security (https://t.co/up4cseuDD1), and censors speech. That such a law is even being considered by Congress is a national disgrace.
— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) March 11, 2020
The EARN IT act will undermine the end-to-end encryption
The proposed bill undermines section 320 that permits the online platform to allow its users to share their thoughts on their platforms without any fear. EARN IT act weakens section 320, forcing platforms to kick innocent people off of the Internet entirely. The bill aims to protect child exploitation on the Internet and forces online platforms to adhere to best practices.
This is not the first time US lawmakers have blamed end-to-end encryption for weakening national security and child exploitation, earlier Attorney General William Barr, blamed encryption for sexual crimes against children