France seeks to penalise smartphone companies blocking terror investigations

The Apple-FBI debate has reached France, with the National Assembly agreeing on Thursday to an amendment that would penalise smartphone manufacturers who do not cooperate with terrorism investigations.

The amendment specifies five years of imprisonment and a 350,000 euro fine for “a private company which refuses to hand over to the relevant judicial authority investigating terrorist crimes … protected data which it has encrypted.”

  • CodexCoder

    And how long do they think that manufacturers will remain after the first charge of non-compliance? France is not the major market.

  • Mannie

    I suspect they’ll just start selling phones with crippled operating systems in countries with no freedom.

  • Millie_Woods

    During wartime thousands of people worked 24/7 to crack the enemies encryption. Now our companies work to make sure the enemies data is protected.