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Cellphone encryption bill pits police against tech industry and privacy advocates

Cellphone encryption bill pits police against tech industry and privacy advocates

A Democratic state legislator is taking aim at smartphone encryption, arguing the strict security measures to protect cellphone data hamper law enforcement's ability to crack down on human traffickers and other criminals.

Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) has introduced a measure that would require all cellphones produced and sold in the state to have the capacity to be unlocked, setting the stage for battle with tech companies and privacy advocates.

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Cooper, who unveiled his legislation Wednesday, said that data would be accessed only with a court order,...

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