The implication is that the [US] government can use …

The implication is that the [US] government can use its legal authority to secretly ask a company for technical assistance, such as building an encryption backdoor into a product, but can petition the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to compel a US-based company if it refuses.In its answers, the government said it has “not to date” needed to ask the FISC to issue an order to compel a company to backdoor or weaken its encryption. The government would not say, however, if it’s ever asked a company to add an encryption backdoor. A spokesperson for the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.

US says it doesn’t need secret court’s approval to ask for encryption backdoors | ZDNet (4.12.2017)

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