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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.

A Bill in the California Legislature Will Force Phone or Software Makers to Decrypt Data or Face Fines

Another blow against privacy: California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-9th) introduced new state legislation that would require any new smartphone from 2017 onwards to be “capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.” Sadly, this in not an April Fools joke.

If passed, the bill will impose a near-blanket ban on nearly all iPhones and many Android devices being sold across the state as they stand today, more often than not with unbreakable encryption that even the companies can’t unlock.

Details may be found in an article Zack Whittaker in ZDNet at

Categories: Legal Affairs

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