California lawmakers want to ban the Apple iPhone and other handsets like it

California lawmakers want to ban the Apple iPhone and other handsets like it
California law makers are tying to pass a bill that would ban devices in the state with "unbreakable encryption." Bill 1681, introduced by California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), would require smartphones manufactured on or after January 1st 2017 to include a method allowing them to be decrypted or unlocked. Any smartphone sold without this ability would subject the seller to a $2500 fine.

Ironically, if this bill becomes law, Cupertino based Apple would not be allowed to sell the iPhone in California. The company says that because it cannot access an iPhone owner's passcode, it cannot release encrypted information stored on an Apple iPhone, even with a warrant. California based Google is in the same boat with Nexus devices running Android 5.0 or higher, and other Android models with Android 6.0 running the show.

For the bill to become law, it must pass both the assembly, and the state senate. It then needs to be signed by California governor Jerry Brown. Lawmakers are in a tough position. They want to protect their constituents from terror threats, and in some cases this might require getting access to messages stored inside a smartphone. On the other hand, this has to be balanced against privacy issues. California lawmakers also have to deal with the fallout from their decisions and how they relate to big corporations in their back yard like Apple and Google.

If Bill 1681 passes, you can be sure that Apple and Google will both fight tooth and nail against its implementation. Considering that a similar bill has been introduced to the state senate in New York, this issue has all of the earmarks of one that will eventually be decided by the Supreme Court.

source: CNET

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26 Comments

1. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 2015

I don't work for the NCR. I work for myself and the people of the wasteland.

13. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

True to Caesar!

15. spin9

Posts: 310; Member since: May 31, 2014

What happend to people's rights California "Republic"? Have they been terminated?

18. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

They and all of the other Profligates have been crucified for my amusement.

20. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Life without privacy... Just crazy.

23. avalon2105

Posts: 352; Member since: Jul 12, 2014

Some strange politics are happening at The Boneyard. Two Headed Bear can go and f*** itself.

2. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

I guess they want everyone to buy an Android device.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Which won't change anything.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You, me and everyone here very well know that this is not happening anytime soon, might not even happen anyway.

3. f_u_006

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 19, 2014

I agree!

5. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Just because someone uses a phone to commit crimes, that doesnt mean you have a right to access it. The phone has info that is equal to my rights to free speech. They are going to read everything even if it has nothing to do with what they are looking for. I have nothing to hide, but it doesn't make it any less of invading my privacy. My phone is not a Government issued phone. The people will go crazy or at least they should.

10. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No but it is using a government regulated system which puts it in muddy waters. While software is different than say a mechanical car, they can search your car bolt by bolt if they get a warrant.

16. senseiJ

Posts: 172; Member since: May 02, 2015

But what if the crime endangers the state? Is the privacy of one or perhaps many, more important than the safety of the mass?

24. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

That's the slippery slope the government doesn't want you thinking about. I'm Cuban and trust me, you don't want this bill passing.

27. curiousDillan

Posts: 46; Member since: May 26, 2015

Crispin, that's by far the best answer here!

6. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Lawmakers truly do not put much thought into this, do they want Apple end up like Sony with their hacks that they had. Afterwards sensitive information gets leaked and causes world wide problems, billions lost, economic problem, etc. Leaked information can cause just as much trouble as the inability to access information can. They might as well do the right thing and let the people have some privacy for once!

8. krakmh

Posts: 33; Member since: Feb 21, 2015

Nothing is going to happen because they know people love iPhone.

9. Unordinary unregistered

Click bait. This is just an idea that "lawmakers" want to pass over to a hearing. Half the time, heck, 80% of the time these silly laws don't even make it past the mailbox. Right into the trash.

11. Marslander

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

Awesome! State legislators voting to make smartphones less safe! Your tax dollars at work!

12. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

If any fence should be built somewhere, it should be around California, lest the nincompoops who elected such tyrants move to other states.

14. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

@ssholes. Good luck getting rid of Apple in Cali.

17. Baracus

Posts: 223; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

It's laughable to think anyone could stop Apple selling anywhere in America because I'm sure Apple has "Donated" a lot to politicians over the years.

21. johnbftl

Posts: 283; Member since: Jun 09, 2012

So the solution to fixing California's economy, which was once in the top 5 in the world (yes world) is to remove one of the largest retail industries? Jerry Brown was governor in the 70s and was run out of office. Somehow these morons brought him back. Got to love the brain dead logic of liberals.

25. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Gray Davis was a Republican and he was literally run out of office to make way for Ah-nold. Governor Moonbeam served his terms completely, unlike other Repubs like Sarah "Nailin" Palin who QUIT. Gotta love the tea-drunk Neocons' logic. BTW, up until 2008 I was a registered Republican and now I'm happily Independent.

22. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Espionage at its best.

26. David556

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 08, 2015

No gun and now no iPhone? Great job people's republic of California

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