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Photo courtesy of japanexpertna.se, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Photo courtesy of japanexpertna.se, Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ars Technica by Cyrus Farivar

A second state lawmaker has now introduced a bill that would prohibit the sale of smartphones with unbreakable encryption. Except this time, despite very similar language to a pending New York bill, the stated rationale is to fight human trafficking, rather than terrorism.

Specifically, California Assemblymember Jim Cooper’s (D-Elk Grove) new bill, which was introduced Wednesday, would “require a smartphone that is manufactured on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California, to be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.”

If the bill passes both the Assembly and State Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) […]

New York State is attempting to push through similar legislation, which comes as no surprise. Between Governor Moonbeam and that Fascist, Andrew Cuomo, it is hard to say who is worse. As for people living in both states, HALT THIS TRAINWRECK!

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.” Ronald Reagan


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