California Bill Would Make Unbreakable Encryption Illegal

Despite the state's deep tech roots, California's legislature is considering banning devices that come with unbreakable encryption. California assembly member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) introduced the legislation, bill 1681, that would require any smartphone manufactured "on or after January 1, 2017, and sold in California after that date" to be "capable of being decrypted and unlocked by its manufacturer or its operating system provider."