State and local governments need to be blocked from enacting their own encryption standards that could vary widely from state to state, causing problems for businesses and consumers. A nationwide federal encryption standard should be developed to ensure that users' devices aren't in violation of state or local law when they travel the country.
Some oppose this bill, saying it leaves open the door for federal encryption regulations. Others opposed say state and local governments should have the power to set encryption laws. Variations in law from state-to-state may not make compliance difficult for businesses and consumers — as long as the officials developing those policies use best practices.