Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina has not abandoned April's "ludicrous, dangerous, technically illiterate" drive to mandate online insecurity. Close analysis tells us that as revised, it still effectively bans digital security that works.
Michael A. Specter of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently explained:
My colleagues and I do not argue that the technical community doesn't know how to store high-value encryption keys -- to the contrary that's the whole point of an HSM. Rather, we assert that holding on to keys in a safe way such that any other party (i.e. law enforcement or Apple itself) can also access them repeatedly without high potential for catastrophic loss is impossible with today's technology, and that any scheme running into fundamental sociotechnical challenges such as jurisdiction must be evaluated honestly before any technical implementation is considered.
No doubt unintentionally, Burr is still working hard to ensure that we are all exposed to avoidable risk of "catastrophic loss."