In the wake of revelations that the National Security Agency (NSA) has broken through many Internet privacy protections, Representative Rush D. Holt (D-NJ) has introduced legislation to prohibit the NSA from building backdoors into encryption mechanisms, according to The New York Times. While Rep. Holt actually introduced the legislation to the House in July under the name “Surveillance State Repeal Act,” recent news may bring this bill more attention. Still, that’s not saying much for its success.

The bill mainly asks for the total repeal of both the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. Government transparency tool Govtrack.us currently estimates that the bill has a zero percent chance of getting through committee review and thus a zero percent chance of being enacted. (Govtrack.us notes that in 2011-2013, only 11 percent of bills made it past committee and only about three percent were enacted). Without any co-sponsors, the bill even has an uphill battle to see the light of day.

For now, Rep. Holt’s legislation is going through the process at a time when doubt about the necessity of the NSA’s spying techniques is palpably growing both in Congress and among businesses.

A one-sheet summary of the bill, posted on July 24, 2013, specifically states that it would “[p]rohibit the government from mandating that electronic device or software manufacturers build in so-called ‘back doors’ to allow the government to bypass encryption or other privacy technology built into said hardware and/or software.”     

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