Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden addresses hundreds of cybersecurity experts at the BSides conference in Portland Friday. He says three important computer issues are likely to be discussed in Congress over the coming months.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden addresses hundreds of cybersecurity experts at the BSides conference in Portland Friday. He says three important computer issues are likely to be discussed in Congress over the coming months.

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, received a standing ovation from hundreds of cybersecurity experts in Portland on Friday.

The Democrat says three important computer issues are likely to be discussed in Congress over the coming months.

The first revolves around inserting a security backdoor in smart phones. The FBI wants easier access to information seized from suspects, an issue that gained national attention following a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California.

Wyden said he’d filibuster any such bill.

“The second you build a backdoor because you think you’re helping a good guy,” Wyden said, “you’ve got to remember bad guys can access the same backdoor.”

Wyden is also fighting a bill to give law enforcement access to someone’s browsing history without court oversight. Law enforcement says it needs the access to fight terrorism and spy cases.

Wyden also wants to block Rule 41, a law that would allow the government to hack into thousands of computers with essentially one warrant.

Law enforcement say they need the rule to deal with computers that have been taken over by others — unbeknownst to the owners.