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Apple may pay $ 1.1 million fine for each unlocked iPhone in France !!!

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Reports suggest French police were unable to access data on eight phones last year during terror investigations

On Monday, French Socialist MP Yann Galut proposed an amendment to French law that – if passed – would see the US companies punished if they didn’t give French officials backdoor access to terrorists’ Smart phones, which includes iPhone.

Galut said on Monday that companies like Apple and Google should be fined up to €1 million when they didn’t cooperate in such cases. “We are faced with a legal vacuum when it comes to data encryption, and it’s blocking judicial investigations” he told Le Parisien newspaper. “Only money will force these extremely powerful companies like Apple and Google to comply,” he said.
After US, French Government has also issued a warning for Apple. They have now made little changes in the law, and warned “Apple will have to pay $1.1 million for each iPhone they can’t unlock in need.” Apple will have to help providing an encrypted unlock key for a specific device when they need to resolve a crime or investigate. However, they are not asking for a Universal key like US Government to bypass security of any iPhone.

Earlier this year in January, France rejected the request for forcing the device manufacturers to create a mandatory backdoor for hardware to bypass encryption. However, the recent FBI vs Apple fight has made them to make some amendment in the law.

It’s not just Apple, but Google has also been targeted, and this law would be applicable for all tech companies. They will be forced to provide the key to bypass security during crime investigation, else pay fine. According to publication, French Government could not access the data or 8 iPhones last year during crime investigation.

At a tech conference in Paris last week, Google chief Sundar Pichai expressed his support for Apple in its standoff with the FBI, warning that creating so-called “backdoors” into encrypted communications could have “bad consequences”.

“We want to take a very strong stance against any form of backdoor whatsoever,” Pichai said during the conference at the Sciences Po university, reported AFP. “When you create backdooors it leads to very, very bad consequences which always ends up harming users.”

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