California's cell phone encryption bill

California's cell phone encryption bill

Practically everyone has a cell phone these days and technology is ever changing. Security is on the minds of everyone, especially arms of the government. California’s new cell phone encryption bill proposes a ban on unbreakable encryption devices. Encryption is a way of encoding cell phone messages so that the message cannot be intercepted and can only be read by the intended receiver who has been provided with an encryption key which unlocks the message.

Jim Cooper, an assembly member of California, has introduced Bill 1681 that would cause manufacturers of smartphones, as of January 1st of 2017, to have the capability of decrypting and unlocking the system provider. Encryption technology is used by criminals and terrorists who communicate with each other to plan unlawful business and possible attacks. Being unable to unlock the messages poses an extremely perplexing problem for intelligence agencies to ensure the safety of all citizens. Many people, although they are in favor of decoding criminal messages, are afraid of their privacy being invaded. The debate has intensified since the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino, California.

If this Bill becomes law, then this would require wireless providers to allow government agencies to access messages from every Android and iPhone in the entire state. Apple hasn’t been available to say much about their devices up until this point. In will be some time before this Bill becomes law as it has to be passed by the Assembly and then the State’s Senate.

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