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Congressman Mike Bishop

Representing the 8th District of Michigan


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Bishop Joins Bipartisan Bill to Form Commission on Digital Security

February 29, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – In an effort to address the growing national security threat of “going dark,” Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08) joined a bipartisanship and bicameral cooperation to introduce the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges. Led by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (TX-10) and Virginia Senator Mark Warner, the legislation would establish a commission of experts to collectively address the larger issue of protecting national security and digital security, without letting encrypted communications become a safe haven for terrorists.

“America has moved into an age of technology that would have been unimaginable just a few decades ago. The recent dispute between Apple and the FBI reaffirms the need to further address the issue of encryption,” said Rep. Bishop. “By enacting the McCaul-Warner Commission, Congress can bring together the world’s foremost technology and law enforcement experts to assist in developing the necessary protocols to keep our nation safe – without sacrificing our privacy or innovation.”

Once established, the McCaul-Warner Commission would invite industry leaders, the intelligence community and privacy and civil liberties experts to Capitol Hill to discuss the challenges of this complex issue and advise policy makers on how to best move forward.

Specifically, the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges bill would:

  • Establish an independent commission to bring together leading experts to examine the intersection of technology and security, and determine the implications for national security, public safety, data security, privacy, innovation, and competitiveness in the global marketplace.
  • Require the Commission to report to Congress with the issue of multiple security interests and the economic, commercial, and national security value of cryptography, digital security, and communications technology.
  • Require the Commission to provide to Congress the role of cryptography, digital security, and communications technology in protecting our privacy and civil liberties.
  • Require the Commission to report on the effects of the use of cryptography, other digital security, and communications technology has on law enforcement and counterterrorism and the costs of weakening cryptography, digital security, and communications technology standards.

The legislation was introduced on Monday, February 29, with the following original cosponsors:

Mike Bishop (MI-08); Jim Langevin (RI-02); Pat Meehan (PA-07); Suzan Delbene (WA-01); Mimi Walters (CA-45);  Ted Lieu (D-CA-33); Will Hurd (TX-23); Kathleen Rice (NY-04); Blake Farenthold (TX-27); Eric Swalwell (CA-15); Dan Donovan (NY-11); Jerry McNerney (CA-09); Barbara Comstock (VA-10); Ryan Costello (PA-06); Dave Reichert (WA-08).

For more information on the McCaul-Warner Commission, please visit the House Homeland Security website.