A Reuters report that the White House is going to oppose upcoming legislation to weaken device security in the name of national security is "inaccurate," a spokesman told reporters on Thursday.
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"I saw that report and I don't know what it's based on," Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters aboard Air Force One. "The idea that we're going to withhold support for a bill that's not introduced yet is inaccurate."
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., are set to release draft legislation before the weekend that would require companies to comply with court orders demanding that they help law enforcement agencies access devices that they manufacture.
The two are leaders on the Senate Intelligence Committee for their respective parties, and generally align on security issues. However, they have taken a far more hawkish approach towards device security than most of their colleagues in Congress, which means their proposal will likely encounter significant hurdles on the road to passage.
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A Thursday report based on unnamed sources suggested that the White House was also planning to oppose the proposal, but Schultz suggested it was premature to make assumptions.
"We support strong encryption. We believe it's a key for cybersecurity, for innovation and to protect people's privacy," Schultz said. "At the same time, we want to make sure we don't allow terrorists a safe haven to operate in cyberspace."