A bill is being introduced this week that would not allow any state in America to ban the sale of mobile devices that are encrypted, or to mandate that phone makers put a built in feature in their handsets that would provide back door access to the user’s private data. This bill is called the ENCRYPT (Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications) Act of 2016, and is being championed by a couple of members of the US Congress, namely Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat from California, and Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Texas.
The state of California has quite a track record of hosting some of the biggest tech companies in recent history. But in spite of that fact, its legislature is actually considering imposing a ban on smartphone devices that come with complex protective encryption capabilities. Jim Cooper, a member of the California State assembly has introduced Bill 1681, which would require smartphones produced on or after January 1st of next year and sold in the Golden State to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.
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