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Submission + - US Says It Doesn't Need a Court Order to Compel Tech Companies to Build Backdoor (gizmodo.com) 2

schwit1 writes:

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. The documents show officials testified they had never needed to obtain such an FISC order, though they declined to tell the committee whether they had “ever asked a company to add an encryption backdoor,” per ZDNet. Other reporting has suggested the FISC has the power to authorize government personnel to compel such technical assistance without even notifying the FISC of what exactly is required.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act gives authorities additional powers to compel service providers to build backdoors into their products.

Nice product you have there. Be a shame if anything were to happen to it.

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US Says It Doesn't Need a Court Order to Compel Tech Companies to Build Backdoor

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  • So if the recipient refuses to comply, what then?

    Go to court to get a court order to compel?

    Or is there other leverage?

    • ...also, considering how many people would be involved on the engineering side, how do you keep it a secret? Whaddabout outsourced or foreign engineering locations? Or H1B visa workers?

      One sorta-safe secret solution would be for the to-be-backdoored product to be open sourced to Gov, and Gov implements the backdoor their own way, delivers the binary of that part of the code to be incorporated as a binary blob library and so useable from then on as the main code updates. Still suspicicious though.

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