“A proposed bill in New York seeks to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked and proposes hefty fines for vendors failing to comply,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “The proposed law marks the latest effort by lawmakers to make it easier for law enforcement to access and read encrypted data stored on smartphones.”
“Should the proposed bill successfully pass through New York’s state assembly and senate,” Tung reports, “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.”
“The proposed bill comes amid a long-running debate over backdoors and weakened encryption, in part sparked by Apple’s move with iOS 8 to encrypt data stored on iPhones by default,” Tung reports. “Google has implemented similar encryption for data stored on new devices sold that run Android 6.0 Marshmallow, though currently few are in consumers’ hands.”
“Techdirt, which first reported the proposal, notes that the proposed bill from New York Assemblyman Matthew Titone was first introduced on June 8, 2015 to the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection,” Tung reports. “Titone has resubmitted the proposal to the same committee in the wake of a controversial white paper on smartphones, public safety, and encryption by New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Should such moronic idiocy ever pass, Apple, and Google, for that matter, should stop selling devices in New York State while directing all calls to the offices of New York’s state assemblypeople and state senators.
Adhere to the U.S. Constitution.
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