You have probably heard by now of Apple’s legal battle with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But for those who have not, here’s what has happened so far -- the FBI is investigating a certain iPhone 5c unit owned by one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino, California massacre that happened last December. The FBI needs to hack into that iPhone so it requested the help of Apple to bypass the security measures in the iOS mobile operating system. Apple refused so the FBI had a court judge order the iPhone maker to grant the agency’s request.
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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