Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday January 21, 2016

California Trying To Ban Sale Of Encrypted Smartphones

It looks as though California is following New York's lead in calling for a ban on all encrypted smartphones. What happens to existing phones if this is passed? Will you have to get a new phone to be in compliance with the new law? Will it be a crime to be caught in possession of an encrypted phone?

California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced the legislation -- bill 1681 -- which requires any smartphone manufactured "on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California after that date" to be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider." Any smartphone that couldn't be decrypted on-demand would subject a seller to a $2,500 fine.