California lawmaker needs to ban telephone encryption in 2017

California lawmaker wants to ban phone encryption in 2017

California lawmaker, State Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), has launched a invoice that might successfully ban the sale of cellular units which have encryption on by default starting in 2017. The invoice, AB 1681, calls for that any telephone bought after January 1, 2017 be “able to being decrypted and unlocked by its producer or its working system supplier.” Ought to this invoice grow to be regulation, producers present in violation can be topic to fines of $2,500 per telephone.

Cooper’s reasoning places a novel spin on the identical, drained “The police cannot do their jobs until tech corporations do it for them” argument. This time, he used human trafficking because the boogeyman that wants defeating and which may solely be completed if the federal government has unfettered, disk-degree entry to its residents’ cell telephones.

“When you’re a dangerous man [we] can get a search document on your financial institution, for your home, you will get a search warrant for absolutely anything,” Cooper advised ArsTechnica. “For the business to say it is privateness, it actually does not maintain any water. We’re going after human traffickers and people who find themselves doing dangerous and evil issues. Human trafficking trumps privateness, no ifs, ands, or buts about it.” Apparently human trafficking additionally trumps the 4th Modification as nicely.