A handful of Congress members want to\u00a0bust the myth of "responsible encryption."\r\nLawmakers in the US House of Representatives introduced on Thursday the\u00a0Secure Data Act, which would prohibit law enforcement and surveillance agencies from forcing companies to create encryption backdoors. The most public example of this request came from the FBI, when the agency demanded that Apple create software that would let it unlock an\u00a0iPhone belonging to a terrorist in the 2015 shooting massacre in San Bernardino, California.\u00a0\r\nFor years, law enforcement agencies have suggested that companies like Apple and\u00a0Signal\u00a0can create "responsible encryption," which is a polished term for encryption backdoors. The concept is that tech companies would secure their products with encryption, but still allow in government agencies that need access in criminal investigations.\u00a0\r\nThis is not a concept exclusive to the US. Officials\u00a0in Australia\u00a0and\u00a0the UK\u00a0have also called for companies to create backdoors. They've made the argument that criminals and terrorists are using encrypted messages for coordination and that law enforcement can't stop them without a backdoor.\r\nBut security experts have argued that these measures would make everyone less secure in the long run. The proposed legislation sides with that argument. Governments, just like companies, are vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks. For example, the National Security Agency lost its\u00a0hacking tools that lead to the WannaCry ransomware attacks\u00a0last year.\r\nIf governments have encryption backdoors, security experts believe they'll be stolen.\r\n"Backdoors in otherwise secure products make Americans' data less safe, and they compromise the desirability of American goods overseas," US Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, said in a statement.