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Topic: Encryption Debate

Apple counsel Bruce Sewell calls DOJ filing 'cheap shot' that seeks to 'vilify'

03/10/2016, 07:03 pm

Apple's lead attorney Bruce Sewell on Thursday delivered some harsh words regarding a DOJ court filing in response to the company's refusal to cooperate in an FBI investigation, saying the government letter "reads like an indictment."


Government says Apple arguments in encryption case a 'diversion,' presents point-by-point rebuttal

03/10/2016, 05:03 pm

As the Apple vs. FBI encryption debate heats up in California, the U.S. government on Thursday fired back at Apple's oppositions to a court order compelling its assistance in an FBI investigation, and in a new motion discounted a number of arguments related to supposed backdoors, "master keys," the All Writs Act and more.


California Assembly considers bill to mandate encryption backdoors

03/10/2016, 09:03 am

A bill introduced in the California State Assembly earlier this year would require companies that build smartphones and mobile operating systems to build backdoors in their products and fine any company that does not comply.


Eddy Cue says FBI could force Apple to secretly activate iPhone camera, microphone if precedent is set

03/09/2016, 08:03 pm

Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said the government, if successful in compelling Apple's assistance with an FBI investigation involving a passcode-locked iPhone, could one day force the company to participate in clandestine and ethically ambiguous operations, like the remote activation of an iPhone's camera and microphone without user knowledge.


Proposed Senate bill penalizing resistance to decryption requests nears completion, could be introduced next week

03/09/2016, 05:03 pm

U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee leaders are nearing completion of a draft bill that applies civil penalties to tech companies resisting court-ordered requests for assistance in unlocking encrypted hardware, according to a Wednesday report.


Apple, FBI battle a wedge issue for American voters, poll shows

03/09/2016, 10:03 am

The ongoing philosophical debate between Silicon Valley -- with Apple at the forefront -- and the federal government over encryption has split the American electorate in two distinct but equal camps, a new survey shows.


Black Lives Matter activists say FBI fight to break iPhone encryption threatens civil liberties

03/08/2016, 10:03 pm

In a recently submitted friend of the court filing, activists supporting the Black Lives Matter and other civil rights movement causes argue Apple's ongoing encryption duel with the FBI has serious free speech implications.


Woz backs Apple in FBI's 'lame' iPhone encryption case

03/08/2016, 11:03 am

During a late-night television appearance on Monday, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressed his support for Apple in the company's ongoing fight with the FBI, saying the bureau "picked a lame case."


Government resubmits failed motion to compel Apple's assistance in NY iPhone case

03/07/2016, 07:03 pm

The U.S. Department of Justice is objecting a New York magistrate judge's decision to deny its motion to compel Apple's assistance in unlocking an iPhone linked to a years-old New York drug case, with the case now landing at the Eastern District of New York.


Craig Federighi: Security is an endless race, but the FBI wants to roll it back to 2013

03/06/2016, 09:03 pm

Apple's head of software engineering Craig Federighi published an opinion in the Washington Post today that clarified the company's reasoning behind refusing to weaken its products to appease a very public demand from the FBI.


UN high commissioner on human rights throws weight behind Apple in San Bernardino case

03/04/2016, 10:03 am

Apple on Friday picked up more high-profile support in its court battle with the FBI over unlocking the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, namely in the form of Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights.


San Bernardino shooter's iPhone may hold evidence of 'dormant cyber pathogen,' DA says

03/03/2016, 10:03 pm

In an application to file an amicus brief with a California court on Thursday, San Bernardino District Attorney Michael A. Ramos intimates an iPhone used by terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook, and later seized by law enforcement officials, might contain evidence of a "dormant cyber pathogen" threatening the county's data infrastructure.


Apple posts letter from San Bernardino survivor's husband as Amazon, Google, Microsoft, more offer support

03/03/2016, 08:03 pm

As part of Apple's legal battle with the FBI, the company on Thursday posted to its website a letter in support written by Salihin Kondoker, husband of San Bernardino shooting survivor Anies Kondoker. Separately, more big tech companies like Amazon, Google and Microsoft offered support in a joint amicus brief.


Law enforcement groups, San Bernardino victims file in support of government in Apple vs FBI row

03/03/2016, 08:03 pm

Following friend of the court filings in support of Apple's stance on encryption, law enforcement groups and the families of six San Bernardino victims issued countering arguments on Thursday backing the government.


More parties back Apple in FBI encryption dispute via court letters, amicus briefs

03/03/2016, 04:03 pm

Apple on Thursday picked up more outside legal support in its refusal to build custom software for the FBI, which it wants to circumvent the passcode limit on the iPhone of dead San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.


US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks out for strong encryption

03/03/2016, 02:03 pm

The Pentagon wholeheartedly supports strong encryption and opposes efforts to add back doors to secure software, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at a cybersecurity conference on Thursday.


UN freedom of expression expert to file brief supporting Apple in encryption row

03/02/2016, 07:03 pm

Adding to a growing list of amicus briefs filed in favor of Apple's pro-encryption stance in a high-profile legal battle with the FBI, United Nations free speech watchdog David Kaye reportedly plans to lodge a similar document supporting the company's arguments.


ACLU, other pro-privacy groups submit amicus briefs in support of Apple in encryption debate

03/02/2016, 02:03 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union and two smaller pro-privacy organizations, Access Now and Wickr Foundation, have reportedly submitted amicus briefs supporting Apple in its refusal to help unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.


Allowing courts to decide on encryption would result in haphazard approach, claims Apple lawyer

03/02/2016, 01:03 pm

Appearing in a TV interview on Wednesday, Apple lawyer Ted Olson once again called for the U.S. Congress and not courts to decide whether the company can be made to crack a device's security, suggesting that relying on courts could deliver a piecemeal approach.


Apple files formal objection in San Bernardino case, submits New York decision as backup

03/02/2016, 10:03 am

Apple this week made a pair of moves designed to shore up its legal footing in the ongoing battle with the FBI, formally objecting to the Central District of California's order to unlock the San Bernardino iPhone and bringing that court's attention to the pro-Apple decision handed down in New York on Monday.