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

Friday April 15, 2016

California Phone Decryption Bill Defeated

The bill in California that sought to penalize companies for making smartphones that can't be decrypted, even with a court order, has been defeated. One down, how many more to go?

A national debate over smartphone encryption arrived in Sacramento on Tuesday as legislators defeated a bill penalizing companies that don’t work with courts to break into phones, siding with technology industry representatives who called the bill a dangerous affront to privacy. The bill did not receive a vote, with members of the Assembly Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection worrying the measure would undermine data security and impose a logistically untenable requirement on California companies.