House bill would bar DOD from requiring companies to create backdoors in software, hardware

By Justin Doubleday / August 5, 2020 at 2:18 PM
The House's fiscal year 2021 defense appropriations bill would bar the Defense Department, including the National Security Agency, from paying or requiring companies to add security vulnerabilities, such as "backdoors" for encrypted communications, to their products. The House voted to adopt the provision as part of the FY-21 minibus appropriations bill passed by the chamber last week. Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) authored the amendment. The language "prohibits the use of DOD funds to require software and hardware companies to include...

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