New York state considering smartphone backdoor bill

A bill that’s currently making its way through the New York state assembly would require smartphone manufacturers to build in the ability for law enforcement to decrypt or unlock phones on demand.

The bill requires that “any smartphone manufactured on or after January 1, 2016, and sold or leased in New York, shall be capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider.”

Could you imagine the iPhone 7 being available across America but not in New York?! The public outcry would be insane.

Whilst its likely to be shot down and nothing more than a vote grab as the article points out, it does highlight a growing trend amongst politicians globally pushing for similar.

I dare say Apple, a strong opponent of such a move, would have no issue not selling in NY state if only to watch the pollies fall on their own swords.

Let the smartphone prohibition begin!

Source: New York bill would give law enforcement a backdoor into your smartphone