Tech News: Ban encrypted phones? California legal department is getting harsher and want to take some quick action regarding the banning of smartphones that can’t be decrypted and unlocked by the manufacturer or its operating system provider.
Despite the state’s deep tech roots, California’s legislature is considering banning devices that come with unbreakable encryption.
Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) a California assembly member who introduced the legislation, bill 1681, that would require any smartphone manufactured “on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California after that date” to be “capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.”
Assembly Bill A8093 for Ban encrypted phones
Relates to the manufacture and sale of smartphones that are capable of being decrypted and unlocked by the manufacturer or its operating system provider
It states that – Any smartphone that couldn’t be decrypted on demand would subject a seller to a $2,500 fine.
ZDNet’s Liam Tung had the details regarding Ban encrypted phones:
“Apple and Google could face fines of $2,500 per device sold in the state after January 1, 2016, if a retailer knowingly sold a smartphone that could not be unlocked or decrypted by the device manufacturer or operating-system provider.” If the bill becomes law, there would be a ban on nearly all iPhones and many devices that run Google’s Android software across the state.
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