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New website lets New Yorkers vote on smartphone encryption bill

New York Senate launches new website, lets citizens vote for or against smartphone encryption bill
By: Sean Ridgeley | Privacy & Rights News | Posted: Jan 15, 2016 11:56 pm

Following Apple's beseeching of the Obama administration to support the public's right to smartphone encryption this week, the New York Senate is now allowing citizens to vote on the matter on its new website.

 

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Assembly Bill A8093, as it's known, requires all phones manufactured January 1, 2016 or later are capable of being unlocked and decrypted. The bill says should a smartphone owner be caught with a new phone that doesn't meet this requirement, they'll be fined $2,500.

 

The bill is currently in the committee stage; it must pass the New York state senate and assembly before it becomes law. In the meantime, citizens can weigh in here.

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