“California: home of the world’s biggest technology companies, terrible bagels, and the only place that can suffer both drought and floods at the same time,” Zack Whittaker reports for ZDNet. “Despite the state’s deep tech roots, California’s legislature is considering banning devices that come with unbreakable encryption.”
“California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced the legislation — bill 1681 — which requires any smartphone manufactured “on or after July 1, 2015, and sold in California after that date” to be ‘capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider,'” Whittaker reports. “Any smartphone that couldn’t be decrypted on-demand would subject a seller to a $2,500 fine.”
Whittaker reports, “If the bill becomes law, there would be a near-blanket ban on nearly all iPhones and many Android devices across the state.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: No one should ever mistake a California legislator for a rocket scientist.
Should such moronic idiocy ever pass, Apple, and Google, for that matter, should stop selling devices in the state of California while directing all calls to the offices of California’s state assemblypeople and state senators.
Oh, and they should both move their companies out of California to boot.
Adhere to the U.S. Constitution. And stop electing idiots.
Contact California Assemblyman Jim Cooper here.
Additional contact information for California Assemblyman Jim Cooper:
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0009
Tel: (916) 319-2009
Fax: (916) 319-2109
9250 Laguna Springs Drive, Suite 220
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Tel: (916) 670-7888
Fax: (916) 670-7893
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