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A new cross-party bill is being introduced to Congress later today, aiming to prevent state-level encryption bills from causing any issues. If passed, the Ensuring National Constitutional Rights of Your Private Telecommunications Act (ENCRYPT Act) will preempt state and local government laws that would affect the encryption of smartphones and other devices, in an attempt to make device security laws more cohesive across the United States.
A bill presented in California is seeking to force smartphone manufacturers to add backdoors to their devices, if they are to be sold in the state. Introduced by Democrat assembly member Jim Cooper, bill 1681 echoes a similar bill proposed in New York, aiming to make it easier for law enforcement officials to gain access to data on mobile devices, though simultaneously making it potentially easier for others to access the same encrypted data.
In new remarks the head of AT&T has said that encryption standards for personal data privacy should be left up to Congress rather than tech companies. CEO Randall Stephenson -- who's own company has been widely accused of assisting the NSA and other agencies mass-harvest telecommunications data on Americans not under any form of suspicion -- told the Wall Street Journal that he doesn't think "it is Silicon Valley's decision to make about whether encryption is the right thing to do."
This week's episode of The MacNN Podcast does not shy away from controversy: we take on New York's ridiculous anti-encryption law, excoriate a particularly irresponsible parent, and rain on the rumor parade as we often do. To be fair, it's not all cynicism and calls to action: we also discuss the death of Apple's involvement in iAd, reveal just how awesome the new iPhone 6s compared to any other smartphone on the planet (with charts!) and of course wander off topic a bit before its time for App of the Week.
Smartphone manufacturers must provide a way to easily unlock or decrypt their devices for law enforcement purposes, a bill going through the New York state assembly has demanded. Introduced last summer, the bill has been referred to a committee in the last week, with vendors facing a potential fine of $2,500 for every smartphone or mobile device produced this year or sold in New York that fails to comply, if the bill passes.
It is spectacularly easy to regard politicians as idiots, but they are not. They are arguably too focused on party lines, and they are dangerously concentrated on only what is immediately popular, and what will keep them in power at elections. As much as we want to think they are, they're not idiots. So when Tim Cook told them this week that backdoors won't work, there are two things you can be sure of: they already knew that, and it's election season.
Prepare for a clash of continents and vowel sounds as North American travelling man Charles Martin meets stay-at-home UK type William Gallagher. It could get rough –– except for how the pair of them are full of how their new MacNN book is a best seller. They do shut up about that but it takes some effort.
The White House has reportedly come under fire from Apple CEO Tim Cook, accusing it of failing to provide leadership in the ongoing debate over device security and encryption. Speaking to Obama administration officials who talked to leaders in the tech industry in San Jose last week, Cook is said to have asked for the administration to issue a statement that defends the use of strong or unbreakable encryption to protect user data.
On the heels of Apple CEO Tim Cook's spirited defense of the general tech industry (and Apple-specific) trend of encrypting many types of user data on the television newsmagazine show "60 Minutes," a Republican senator again attempted to claim that encryption creates a haven for "child pornographers, drug traffickers, and terrorists alike." Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) accused the tech industry generally of resisting calls from authorities such as FBI Director James Comey for them to provide "backdoors" in their security that law enforcement can exploit.
Following on from reports that this Sunday's episode of CBS newsmagazine show 60 Minutes will feature a segment on Sir Jonathan Ive and his secret design lab (including a sneak peek at a future Apple Store concept), journalist Charlie Rose will also be chatting with Apple CEO Tim Cook on the show regarding some of the thornier issues facing the company, including the issue of "repatriating" the company's foreign profits, and Apple's strong advocacy of user privacy and encryption.