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ENCRYPT Act Aims to Stop States from Banning Encryption

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Not really about the encryption argument, but...


Feb 12, 2016, 4:24 PM
...does the good Senator not realize the United States was set up so that different states, counties, towns, etc CAN have different rules?

Feb 14, 2016, 11:32 AM
But how would states enforce this? Would software manufactures have to create different versions of their OS simply for these states? Also what about people who purchase their devices in a state without these lack-of-security requirements and bring them into a state that has these requirements.

Feb 15, 2016, 2:28 PM
The idea of producers having to create 51 different devices to sell in the 50 states and DC based on each state having its own laws about encryption is ludicrous.

Feb 15, 2016, 3:11 PM
If only every carrier could agree on what bands, etc were allowed and it could be that easy on the device manufacturers. In reality it wouldn't be 51, try 204. 51 different devices for Verizon, 51 versions for AT&T, 51 Sprint versions, and 51 T-Mobile versions. If you think they're having trouble making money now, trying managing production/inventory on that mess and turning a profit!

Feb 18, 2016, 5:42 PM
The United States was indeed setup so that different states could have different rules. The document that establishes that precept is known to some people as the Constitution of the United States of America (although I think most Supreme Court justices just refer to it as toilet paper). That same document also establishes that when the various laws of the various states start making it difficult for people to buy and trade crap, the federal government can come in and establish some consistency. That power was granted to the federal government under what is called the Commerce Clause.

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