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Topic: Encryption Debate

US AG Lynch says FBI not asking Apple to break into iPhone, simply disable 'password blocker'

03/02/2016, 03:03 am

In a follow-up interview to her appearance at Tuesday's RSA security conference, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the FBI is not asking Apple to break into an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings, it only wants the company to disable built-in security safeguards.


Apple's lead attorney frames encryption debate as digital arms race, says only US asking for privileged access

03/01/2016, 09:03 pm

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday meant to shed light on the contentious encryption debate, Apple's legal chief Bruce Sewell toed the company line with privacy rights and slippery slope arguments. He added, however, that America is the only country asking Apple to break its encryption amidst a wider cold war between tech industry players and nefarious agents.


Apple participated in search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

03/01/2016, 06:03 pm

As part of testimony related to the ongoing San Bernardino iPhone encryption debate, Apple General Counsel Bruce Sewell on Tuesday told members of the House Judiciary Committee that the company offered technical assistance to investigators searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 after the plane was declared missing in 2014.


Comey: 'Of course' FBI would leverage precedent in San Bernardino case

03/01/2016, 02:03 pm

Under questioning from members of the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey admitted that his agency would "of course" seek to use the precedent gained from a win in the San Bernardino to unlock other phones.


US Attorney General 'hopes' Apple will unlock San Bernardino iPhone

03/01/2016, 09:03 am

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch weighed in on Apple's fight with the FBI on Tuesday, saying she would prefer that Apple comply with the recent court order directing the company to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone.


Husband of San Bernardino survivor says shooter's iPhone unlikely to contain valuable information, wife also issued iPhone

02/29/2016, 10:02 pm

In an amicus brief filed with a California court on Monday, Salihin Kondoker, the husband of San Bernardino terror attack survivor Anies Kondoker, believes it unlikely that an iPhone issued to shooter Syed Rizwan Farook contains useful information.


US House members mull court filing arguing Congress should decide Apple-FBI encryption fight

02/29/2016, 08:02 pm

A report on Monday claims members of the House Judiciary Committee are mulling an amicus curiae brief filing in the Apple-FBI encryption debate, arguing the dispute should be settled by Congress, not the courts.


Federal judge rules Apple cannot be forced to aid in NY iPhone unlocking, cites 'unreasonable burden'

02/29/2016, 06:02 pm

Apple was handed a crucial win in its fight for encryption on Monday, as a New York federal judge denied a government All Writs Act-based motion to compel Apple's assistance in bypassing the encryption safeguards of an iPhone linked to a years-old drug case.


Building unlock tool for FBI could create dangerous international precedent, says Apple lawyer

02/29/2016, 03:02 pm

One of Apple's major concerns about creating a tool to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook is that doing so for the FBI would set a precedent in other countries, a lawyer for the company said on Monday.


Apple will ask Congress for a 'thoughtful and honest consideration of the facts' in testimony on encryption debate

02/29/2016, 11:02 am

Apple's chief attorney, Bruce Sewell, will testify before the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, where he will argue that any decisions on mobile encryption should be decided by representatives of the people, not a warrant request based on a 220-year-old statute.


Company, not Cook, will be held responsible if Apple loses fight over FBI case, experts say

02/29/2016, 09:02 am

Although CEO Tim Cook could, theoretically, be put in prison if Apple continues to refuse the order to help the FBI unlock an iPhone belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook, more likely is that the company itself might be held in contempt, according to a pair of experts weighing in on the matter.


FBI contacted Apple, received data related to San Bernardino case 3 days after shooting

02/27/2016, 12:02 am

According to a court filing prepared by Apple, the company first received -- and responded to -- FBI requests for information related to last year's deadly shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., just three days after the attack.


Apple lawyer warns government on road to 'limitless' power in iPhone encryption fight

02/26/2016, 09:02 pm

Apple lawyer Ted Olson, who some view as one of the most prominent practicing attorneys in the U.S., on Friday said the government appears to be on the path to "limitless" power in its court battle with Apple.


San Bernardino's top cop says it's likely 'there is nothing of any value' on iPhone the FBI wants Apple to crack

02/26/2016, 03:02 pm

The work-issued iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack likely has "nothing of any value" saved on it, the police chief of the town has admitted in a new interview, though he still believes Apple should help the FBI crack into the encrypted handset.


Amid FBI row, Apple hires developer behind secure messaging app Signal

02/26/2016, 01:02 pm

Apple is hiring Frederic Jacobs -- a developer responsible for the secure chat app Signal -- to work on the CoreOS security team this summer, a report noted on Friday.


Apple-FBI battle will set precedent for future court orders, FBI director acknowledges

02/26/2016, 11:02 am

Speaking in front of a Congressional intelligence panel, FBI Director James Comey admitted that the outcome of an Apple-FBI battle over unlocking an iPhone will likely set a legal precedent, despite recent suggestions to the contrary.


Watch Republicans Marco Rubio & Ted Cruz side with FBI in Apple encryption debate

02/26/2016, 11:02 am

At the last Republican debate before the "Super Tuesday" primaries, the remaining candidates for U.S. president said they believe Apple should help the FBI unlock the iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.


Apple rails against FBI demands for 'GovtOS' in motion to vacate decryption request

02/25/2016, 10:02 pm

As expected, Apple on Thursday filed a motion to vacate a federal court order that would require it to assist the FBI in unlocking an iPhone linked to San Bernardino terror suspect Syed Rizwan Farook, saying law enforcement demands for a "Government OS" set a dangerous precedent for the public at large.


Rev. Jesse Jackson lauds Tim Cook's stand against FBI demands

02/25/2016, 08:02 pm

Chiming in on the Apple-FBI encryption debate, Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday came out in opposition of the U.S. government's order demanding Apple create an iPhone encryption workaround, while praising CEO Tim Cook's fight for civil liberties.


Google, Facebook, Microsoft & Twitter expected to file motions backing Apple in unlock debate

02/25/2016, 05:02 pm

Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter are all expected to file amicus briefs in support of Apple, which is refusing to help the FBI unlock an iPhone 5c belonging to San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook over wider data privacy concerns.