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Proposed California bill would ban sale of encrypted smartphones

California follows New York's lead, proposes bill that would ban sale of encrypted smartphones in the face of public concern

Sean Ridgeley | Jan 22, 2016 at 11:09 am CST (0 mins, 39 secs time to read)

One week after the news about New York's encryption bill comes the same word from California: The Golden State has proposed a bill that would ban the sale of encrypted smartphones manufactured on or after January 1, 2016. Likewise, the fine for violating this new law -- should the bill come to pass -- is $2,500.

Proposed California bill would ban sale of encrypted smartphones |

The motivation for bills like AB 1681 is access to information by authorities in matters of crime, terrorism, and so on. As it often goes, much of the public is concerned it requires the surrender of privacy rights.

Unlike with the New York bill, citizens can't vote for or against it online.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 04:56 pm CDT

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