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Topic: Encryption Debate

Tim Cook says he's 'offended' by government smears in latest Time cover story

03/17/2016, 11:03 am

In a Time Magazine interview published on Thursday, Apple CEO Tim Cook railed against the U.S. government's approach to the battle over encryption, claiming he was "offended" by statements leveled against the company, as well as the way the government is pursuing data from the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter.

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Apple again rumored to goose iCloud security amid iPhone encryption flap

03/15/2016, 10:03 pm

In a move sure to complicate the ongoing Apple vs. FBI court case, Apple is reportedly developing stronger iCloud encryption methods that would prevent even it from accessing and extracting user data protected by a passcode.

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Apple says San Bernardino iPhone case is 'unprecedented,' cannot be decided in a vacuum

03/15/2016, 06:03 pm

In Apple's final response before a scheduled court hearing next week regarding the San Bernardino iPhone encryption case, the company said the Department of Justice is making an unprecedented request that usurps due legal process, democratic policy and Constitutional rights.

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Justice Department asserts it could demand source code, signing key from Apple

03/15/2016, 10:03 am

In the confrontation over the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, the U.S. Justice Department believes it could potentially demand that Apple hand over iOS source code and a signing key, according to a court filing.

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Take a stand against the Obama/FBI anti-encryption charm offensive

03/14/2016, 06:03 pm

It has been frustrating to watch as the horrific San Bernardino terrorist killing spree has been used as a cover by the FBI to achieve the anti-encryption goals they've been working towards for years. Much of that frustration stems from the fact that the American media has so poorly reported the facts in this case.

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Florida sheriff vows to arrest Tim Cook if Apple won't comply with court orders

03/14/2016, 12:03 pm

Apple's firm stance against decrypting iPhones in criminal investigations could land CEO Tim Cook in jail, if the sheriff in one rural Florida county has his way.

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Video: John Oliver's 'Last Week Tonight' sides with Apple in encryption debate

03/14/2016, 10:03 am

On the most recent episode of Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver summarized the ongoing battle between Apple and the FBI over encryption, ultimately backing Apple's position on the matter.

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Justice Department considers wiretapping fight with WhatsApp amid Apple-FBI row

03/14/2016, 09:03 am

The U.S. government is at odds with yet another Silicon Valley firm thanks to encrypted communications, this time targeting Facebook-owned messaging superpower WhatsApp over federal wiretapping statutes.

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Obama's 'tone deaf' comments on encryption draw criticism at SXSW

03/14/2016, 09:03 am

President Barack Obama's recent comments on encryption and national security have drawn criticism from the highly connected audience of the South by Southwest festival, including one particularly prominent voice --Congressman Darrell Issa.

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President Obama urges prudence from both sides of encryption debate, warns against 'absolutist' position

03/11/2016, 06:03 pm

Speaking on the encryption debate at SXSW Interactive in Austin on Friday, President Barack Obama carefully navigated the waters between government overreach and civil liberties, saying that while both sides need to make concessions, encryption advocates should avoid taking an absolutist stance on the issue.

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Three weeks after calling for Apple boycott, Donald Trump is tweeting from his iPhone again

03/11/2016, 12:03 pm

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump's call for a boycott of Apple products didn't last long --his official Twitter account has been posting regularly from an iPhone, just three weeks after he vowed to stop.

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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch talks iPhone encryption case with Stephen Colbert

03/11/2016, 05:03 am

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch toed the line in an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday, and reiterated that the government is merely requesting Apple for help in unlocking a single iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino terror attack, not a backdoor into iOS.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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