California’s Assembly member, Jim Cooper, introduced legislation to ban smartphones that come with strong encryption and can only beencrypted by the owners of those devices. The bill would fine the sellers of the devices $2,500 per unit if they receive law enforcement requests for decryption and aren’t able to deliver. The bill would affect all iPhones with iOS 8 and above, as well as many Android devices (especially the ones that come installed with Android 6.0).
The bill would essentially legislate that the encryption for these devices should be weaker than it is, to the point where someone else, besides the owner of the phone, can unlock the devices. This is a dangerous proposition, especially in light of all the smartphone thefts that were highlighted by law enforcement and state legislators, such as the ones from California and New York, not too long ago.
If the encryption of the devices becomes weaker, then smartphone thieves won’t find it as difficult to unlock the devices anymore.
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