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“By continuing the process of inflation, governments can confiscate secretly and unobserved an important part of the wealth of their citizens.” – John Maynard Keynes, writing about the effects of a seemingly small amount of inflation every year.

New York Legislature Plans to Ban Encrypted Smartphones

If you don’t think Big Brother is monitoring you, just check out the latest legislative proposal from New York State. A proposed bill in New York aims to require that all smartphones sold in the state can be decrypted or unlocked by law enforcement. That means that law enforcement officials, identity thieves, and other criminals alike will be able to listen in to your cell phone calls. The bill, currently in the senate’s committee stage, must pass through both New York’s state senate and assembly in order to become law.

The text of the bill is available at

The good news is the New York Senate’s new website, written about in The New York Times and Politico, lands with a set of virtual voting buttons, which give New York residents the ability to register their views on a bill with “aye” or “nay” buttons. If you have any concerns about this proposed legislation, either yea or nay, please let your views be known. Details about this controversy may be found in an article by Zack Whittaker in ZDNet at

Categories: Cell Phones

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