What California Would Give Up To Ban Encrypted Smartphones
A bill in the California state legislature would purportedly combat human trafficking — by outlawing encrypted smartphones.By Evan Thomas | January 23, 2016
"Put the responsibility on the tech industry. That's what it comes down to: people over profits," said California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper. (Video via California Statewide Law Enforcement Association)
That's California State Assemblyman Jim Cooper, discussing a bill that would ban the sale of smartphones that can encrypt, or conceal, data.
The bill's stated purpose is to give law enforcement better access to evidence in human trafficking cases. Manufacturers would be barred from selling phones with native encryption or risk hefty fines.