“The TPP was written in secret by industry insiders who care more about corporate profits than working Americans! Fast tracking the TPP would railroad this bad bill through Congress, with limited debate, before Congress can even read the fine print.”
An amendment designed to bar the National Security Agency from undermining encryption standards was approved by the House last night.The measure was inserted into a defense appropriations bill and approved on a voice vote.
The move follows reporting last year by ProPublica, the Guardian, and the New York Times on theNSA’s efforts to weaken encryption, including by influencing the development of standards by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and similar to onehe advancedlast month, bars the NSA from using appropriation funds to consult with NIST in a way that undermines security standards.
The amendment is separate from another onethe House adoptedlast night that is designed to block the NSA from conducting “backdoor” spying on Americans by querying databases of foreign intelligence.