Clinton endorses Warner-McCaul encryption commission

Clinton endorses Warner-McCaul encryption commission
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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Former presidents, first ladies come together to honor Barbara Bush Romney: Parts of Comey book read 'too much like a novel’ MORE is endorsing a compromise measure on encryption from Sen. Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerSenators chart path forward on election security bill Comey memo fallout is mostly fizzle Pompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel MORE (D-Va.) and House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas).

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The support came as part of a broad tech policy position released by the Clinton campaign Tuesday.

“Hillary rejects the false choice between privacy interests and keeping Americans safe,” her campaign said.

Warner and McCaul’s offering would establish a national commission to study the contentious problem of how law enforcement can gain access to locked communications during investigations without hampering the privacy and security of lawful tech users.

“This commission will work with the technology and public safety communities to address the needs of law enforcement, protect the privacy and security of all Americans that use technology, assess how innovation might point to new policy approaches, and advance our larger national security and global competitiveness interests,” the Clinton campaign said.

Clinton went slightly further than the Obama administration, which is thought to have a favorable view of the legislation but has not formally endorsed it.

The position puts her at odds with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpClinton takes swipe at 'false equivalency' in media coverage of 2016 election Trump asked Netanyahu if he actually cares about peace: report Official: Trump to urge North Korea to dismantle nuclear program in return for sanctions relief MORE, who has suggested that users should boycott Apple — famous for refusing to help investigators unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters, citing security and privacy concerns. 

Warner and McCaul are competing with a cornucopia of proposals tackling encryption, including a nonlegislative working group established by the House Judiciary and Energy and Commerce committees, which both claim jurisdiction over the issue.

A separate proposal, from Sens. Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrSenators chart path forward on election security bill Overnight Cybersecurity: Staff changes upend White House cyber team | Trump sends cyber war strategy to Congress | CIA pick to get hearing in May | Malware hits Facebook accounts Senators express concerns over Haspel's 'destruction of evidence' MORE (R-N.C.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSunday Shows Preview: Emmanuel Macron talks ahead of state dinner CIA declassifies memo on nominee's handling of interrogation tapes Senate panel punts Mueller protection bill to next week MORE (D-Calif.), would require companies to provide “technical assistance” to investigators seeking access to locked data.