Calls between the House and Senate should be encrypted, lawmakers say

published 19.05.2020 10:00

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A group of senators, led by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), is demanding that all calls between the Senate and the House of Representatives be encrypted, according to a new letter obtained by The Verge.

In the letter dated Tuesday, a bicameral group of Republicans and Democrats requested that the House sergeant at arms and the chief administrative officer “take immediate action to secure telephone calls” between both the House and Senate.

The group of 20 lawmakers, including Sens. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kamala Harris (D-CA), Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), are asking that the officials provide a plan to secure calls by June 12th.

“Calls between the Senate and House are still vulnerable to spying by anyone who gains access to the data connection between the two Chambers,” the lawmakers wrote.

In August 2018, the Senate enabled phone encryption features into its desk phones, and calls made on “more recent models” of desk phones in the House are also secured.