California bill would force makers to disable encryption on all phones

“Smartphone users in California take notice: a new CA State Assembly bill would ban default encryption features on all smartphones,” Andrew Crocker writes for Electronic Frontier Foundation. “Assembly Bill 1681, introduced in January by Assemblymember Jim Cooper, would require any smartphone sold in California “to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” This is perhaps even more drastic than the legal precedent at stake in Apple’s ongoing showdown with the Justice Department, in which the government is trying to force a private company to write code undermining key security features in specific cases.”

A.B. 1681 would penalize “manufacturers and providers of operating systems $2,500 per device that cannot be decrypted at the time of sale,” Crocker writes. “Similar proposals have been made by Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who published a white paper [pdf] in November 2015 arguing that law enforcement needs to access the contents of smartphones to solve a range of crimes. A nearly identical bill is also pending in the New York State Assembly.”

“A.B. 1681 is hopelessly flawed,” Crocker writes. “Take action and tell lawmakers not to support this misguided bill.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Abject stupidity from California Assemblyman Jim Cooper.

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  1. Not long ago District Attorneys prevail over Apple to make iPhone more secure to deter criminals from stealing her products. And Apple did. Now they are after Apple to make her products unsecured.

  2. Obviously he doesn’t understand technology best practices. You should devices and install software in a default secure state and make the customer back off of security. Not only will that protect unsuspecting customers but it also shields you from lawsuits.

    Every solution I have heard from a politician so far will destroy security for hundreds of millions of people – and that’s just iOS devices.

  3. Write your congressman and the president about what a horrible mistake this would be. I did already. Make it clear that your vote will not be with them if they do such a stupid mistake.

  4. This is the digital age lets do it right. iPhones have encryption, the encrypted password is save in cloud.

    Only certain Federal judges have an authorization key device that can only be accessed with biometrics and code and is encrypted like the Apple Pay encryption system

    Government gets a warrant to access an iPhone and gets three judges to agree with warrant. The three judges must be unanimous, if any of the 3 judges declines the phone remains locked, the warrant is declined and the government can not reissue the warrant again.

    When all three judges have issued the activation key the password is decrypted and sent to the judge to give to the party that issued the warrant in court. The decrypted password has a time factor. After x days the password is reset in the phone.

    The key authorizations can not have the same 3 judges in another case for a lockout period of time. Keeps governments from going to same judges all the time.

    Government pays for everything and comes out of their budgets, FBI, NSA, DOJ with no additions funds offered by Congress.

  5. Here’s the thing: they are looking to stop crimes that have already happened. Apple doesn’t make a time machine. (Well they do but it’s capitalized). Once a crime has been committed, you can’t undo it no matter how much information you get from their phones. Will unlocking Farook’s phone magically resurrect his victims? Will discovering child pornography somehow un-rape children? It’s all about control. They (the government and statists) don’t give a fuck about your privacy or rights if it interferes with what they want to do.

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