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Re: Bill Aims to Keep States From Banning Smartphone Encryption
Posted by: Richard Adhikari 2016-02-11 09:05:25
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U.S. Reps. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., and Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, last week introduced legislation to prevent states from passing laws banning the sale of smartphones with encryption capabilities. The ENCRYPT Act of 2016 provides that a state may not mandate or request that a manufacturer, developer, seller or provider of covered products design or modify security functions to allow the surveillance of their users or allow their physical search "by any agency or instrumentality of a state, a political subdivision of a state or the United States."


Re: Bill Aims to Keep States From Banning Smartphone Encryption
Posted by: Psquared 2016-02-15 13:39:09 In reply to: Richard Adhikari
People forget what happened before smartphones had encrypted signals. There was a huge problem with simple signal scanners being used to hijack phone lines, and make calls using other peoples phones.
Cell phones also store credit card information now, along with more than enough personal information for a blackmailer to go after family and friends of anyone with money.
Removing encryption doesn't just allow access to criminals phones, it gives criminals the same key. It is like mandating the removal of door locks to maken it easier for police to search houses. It goes too far, and very much conflicts with the right to privacy.

Re: Bill Aims to Keep States From Banning Smartphone Encryption
Posted by: wauiler 2016-02-13 07:24:24 In reply to: Richard Adhikari
It appears that these two congressmen have lost sight of the fact that there job is primary to protect the american people etc... 90% of the american people do not care if the government has a backdoor key that can be used or acquired via court order. There is no reason not to allow for encryption that protects your data from everyone except law enforcement and court system. Other wise you are giving the terrorist and criminals a tremendous advantage and it will eventually if not already cost american lives. The modern encryption systems are not breakable at least in any timely manor (which is paramount to successful investigations). I would say to the phone manufactures you register a master key with the fbi or you don't sell phones in the united states. And further if during a terrorist investigation any encrypted phone without a master key filed is used the phone manufacturer should be arrested for collusion with the terrorist.
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