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.

@seanridgeley
Published Fri, Jan 15 2016 5:56 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

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.

New website lets New Yorkers vote on smartphone encryption bill | TweakTown.com

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.

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

Related Tags

Newsletter Subscription

Latest News

View More News

Latest Reviews

View More Reviews

Latest Articles

View More Articles