“U.S. Senator Ron Wyden pledged on Wednesday to fight legislation expected shortly in Congress that would limit encryption protection in American technology products,” Joseph Menn reports for Reuters.

“The proposal by Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, would give federal judges authority to order technology companies to help law enforcement officials access encrypted data, according to sources familiar with the situation,” Menn reports. “‘I believe weakening strong encryption puts at risk millions of Americans, families and communities from one end of the country to another,’ Wyden told Reuters after his speech at the RightsCon digital rights conference in San Francisco. ‘This issue is as important as any that I’ve been involved in in my 15 years in the intelligence committee.'”

Menn reports, “Asked if he would put a hold on the expected legislation, the Oregon Democrat, who is a leading privacy advocate, said: ‘I would do anything within my power as a United States senator to block any plan that weakens strong encryption.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden is a true patriot.

Encryption is a binary issue. It’s either on or off. There is no middle ground. There is no magical “access” for just the “good guys.”

Support smart senators like Ron Wyden. Oppose ill-informed senators like Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein who seem to live in some fantasyland that does not exist.

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – Benjamin Franklin