Apple Might Have To Decrypt Its Smartphones – Latest New York Bill Demands It
Apple, along with other manufacturers might have to pay a significant penalty if they do not comply with the latest New York bill, which states that smartphone manufacturers will have to decrypt and unlock devices for security purposes.
Apple And Other Manufacturers Will Be Fined $2,500 Per Device If They Do Not Comply, Assuming The Bill Gets Voted Up
According to the information present on Macrumors, the New York state assembly is currently in the process in rolling out the final draft of a bill that will require smartphone manufacturers like Apple and several others to decrypt and unlock devices in order to provide aid to law enforcement personnel. According to the bill details, any manufacturer or OS provider not complying with the requirements of the bill will have to pay a fine of $2,500 per device, and we know how that is not going to work out well for Apple, despite the fact that it has a market cap of $550 billion USD.
After January 1, 2016, any smartphone being sold in New York not following the requirements will definitely be facing the wrath of the law. Assemblyman Matthew Titone introduced the bill last summer and he has justified the decryption process of smartphones, stating that the law enforcement will be able to work more effectively if a backdoor is provided. He states the following:
“The safety of the citizenry calls for a legislative solution, and a solution is easily at hand. Enacting this bill would penalize those who would sell smart- phones that are beyond the reach of law enforcement. The fact is that, although the new software may enhance privacy for some users, it severely hampers law enforcement’s ability to aid victims.
Time and time again, Apple and Tim Cook have spoken against this bill, because of a very good reason. If smartphones and other mobile devices are decrypted, they might provide uninterrupted access to those looking to preserve security, but it will also grant several opportune moments to hackers, who can then effortlessly steal sensitive information present on these mobile devices. The bill currently has to be voted up by the assembly and the state and if majority of them do not approve of the bill, then Apple, and several other smartphone OEMs will be keeping a tight lid on their security.
Let us hope for the best.