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Topic: Encryption Debate

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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