California Reverses Course, Passes Kill Switch Law
The California State Senate today reconsidered a bill it struck down last month, which would require cell phone makers to install kill switches, and passed the bill by a wide margin. The idea behind the law is to make sure all users have the ability to protect their personal data. Specifically, the bill requires devices to include a kill switch that the owner can use to render the device useless if stolen, as well as restore the device if it is recovered. The CTIA, which panned the bill, has a voluntary program in the works that would offer similar functionality, though not necessarily preinstall the kill switch as the bill requires. The bill still has to go before California's State Assembly and the Governor's desk before it becomes law.
Cricket to Sell Microsoft Lumia 650 Starting May 6
Cricket Wireless today announced plans to sell the Microsoft Lumia 650. The prepaid carrier will offer the phone beginning May 6 for $130.
Bill Would Compel Companies to Break Encryption
A new bill introduced by members of the House and Senate would force smartphone makers to crack encryption on devices any time law enforcement asks. A draft of the bill, submitted by Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Richard Burr of North Carolina, says tech firms "must provide in a timely manner responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information." Feinstein and Burr have been threatening such legislation since last year, but the notion has taken a new direction ever since the FBI asked Apple to help decrypt an iPhone and Apple refused.
Californians All But Forbidden to Use Phones In Cars
California has outlawed almost all use of mobile devices in cars. California Governor Jerry Brown this week signed new legislation that expands the restrictions placed on mobile phone use in cars.
Senators Revise Anti-Encryption Bill, Opposition Mounts
Senators Diane Feinstein of California and Richard Burr of North Carolina have circulated a revised draft of the Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016. The bill would require tech companies to "provide in a timely manner responsive, intelligible information or data, or appropriate technical assistance to obtain such information or data." If passed into law, it would largely negate the benefits of using encryption on mobile devices, which are meant to protect personal information.
Even though it would never happen....
Yes - I realize it'd be economic suicide....
I think someone should stand up to them. This is not in the consumer's interest, and I don't want any phone that has i...