EARN IT Act and Its Broader Implications for Encryption and Cybersecurity
Last month the Senate Committee on the Judiciary considered the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020, or the EARN IT Act, which would, among other things, compel technology providers to adhere to a set of yet-to-be developed guidelines by conditioning their Section 230 immunity on the adoption of the guidelines. Supporters argue that such guidelines are necessary to help law enforcement combat child sexual exploitation. Opponents point out that the bill is certain to be used to compel technology companies to provide “extraordinary access”—backdoors—to allow law enforcement to gain access to encrypted technology devices and communications, a long-standing goal of many in the law enforcement community. As such, the bill is likely to serve as the latest chapter in the debate over the role of encryption, its impact on law enforcement, and the broader implications for our collective cybersecurity and U.S. national security.
Please join the R Street Institute for a discussion with the Honorable Michael Chertoff, former Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Honorable Jim Baker, former General Counsel of the FBI, examining the proposed EARN IT Act and its broader implications for encryption, law enforcement, and cybersecurity.
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