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Topic: Encryption Debate

Apple lead attorney Bruce Sewell to testify before US Congress on encryption debate March 1

02/25/2016, 02:02 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on encryption next Tuesday, and Apple's top attorney, Bruce Sewell, will be in the nation's capital for the discussion.


Obama administration, FBI must act to restore US government's credibility in Apple's encryption debate

02/25/2016, 12:02 pm

Actions by the leadership of the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the past month related to the San Bernardino encryption issue demonstrate a shocking level of dishonest and callous disregard for the nation's core principles of democracy. FBI director James B. Comey should issue a formal apology or resign his post, AppleInsider's Daniel Eran Dilger argues.


FBI Director James Comey seeks to reassure Congress that Apple fight is not about precedent

02/25/2016, 11:02 am

The Federal Bureau of Investigation does not believe its battle with Apple will result in a legal precedent that could weaken encryption protections across the board if the bureau prevails, director James Comey told the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday.


Maricopa County Attorney bans employees from getting new iPhones, says Apple is 'on the side of terrorists'

02/25/2016, 09:02 am

As a result of Apple's refusal to help the FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone, the Maricopa County, Ariz. Attorney's Office has announced that it will not allow workers to choose Apple's handsets as upgrades or replacements.


Apple developing iPhone and iCloud encryption that counters FBI-requested workaround, reports say

02/25/2016, 01:02 am

Amid government pressure on Apple to build an iOS encryption workaround, the company is said to be developing stronger iPhone and iCloud safeguards that would render obsolete any exploit it might be compelled to create.


Tim Cook: FBI is asking Apple to create 'software equivalent of cancer'

02/24/2016, 07:02 pm

In a lengthy interview with ABC News anchor David Muir, Apple CEO Tim Cook reiterated that the repercussions of complying with FBI requests to build an iOS backdoor don't end with one smartphone, but instead have implications that ripple far beyond to hundreds of millions of iOS device owners.


Bipartisan encryption bill would create special congressional commission on encryption

02/24/2016, 06:02 pm

House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Wednesday announced plans to push forward a bill that would see the formation of a special congressional commission to address complex digital privacy issues, a hot button topic recently making headlines thanks to Apple's legal battle with the DOJ.


'This would be bad for America,' Tim Cook tells ABC News about creating iPhone backdoor

02/24/2016, 04:02 pm

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook will take to the airwaves this evening in an exclusive interview with ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir, where he will explain why his company refuses to create a "backdoor" to unlock iPhones for the FBI.


Facing challenges from FBI, Apple vows to strengthen encryption even further

02/24/2016, 03:02 pm

Should it successfully refuse a court order to help the FBI unlock Syed Farook's iPhone, Apple will continue to strengthen its encryption, a report said on Wednesday, citing an anonymous Apple executive.


New poll says public sides with Apple over FBI in resisting iPhone unlock order

02/24/2016, 10:02 am

Public support for Apple's refusal to unlock an iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook appears to be leaning in the company's favor, according to poll results published on Wednesday.


Apple to argue First Amendment rights in FBI decryption battle

02/24/2016, 01:02 am

As expected, Apple intends to argue its First Amendment rights as part of a multi-pronged legal strategy designed to flout a court order compelling the company unlock an iPhone linked to last year's San Bernardino shootings.


Rallies supporting Apple's stance on privacy see lukewarm response

02/23/2016, 09:02 pm

Internet rights advocacy group Fight for the Future staged a series of rallies in support of Apple's encryption fight on Tuesday, though the nationwide gatherings managed only to attract small groups of stalwart activists.


In new court filing, Apple cites 9 other cases in which FBI asserted the All Writs Act

02/23/2016, 02:02 pm

In a letter filed last week and unsealed Tuesday, Apple told a New York judge that the federal government had asserted the All Writs Act -- the 18th-century law at the center of Apple's fight with the FBI -- in at least nine pending court cases beyond the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting.


Bill Gates says he doesn't back FBI in case vs. Apple, encourages more discussion

02/23/2016, 11:02 am

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates says he was taken aback by a recent report quoting him as supporting the FBI in its encryption battle with Apple, calling the oversimplification of his view on the controversy "disappointing."


Bill Gates sides with FBI on Apple encryption fight, says scope is limited to one iPhone

02/23/2016, 12:02 am

Microsoft founder Bill Gates said he disagrees with Apple's decision to not provide the FBI with a software workaround that breaks iOS, and instead sides with a narrow reading of the government's request for assistance that supposedly precludes wider dissemination of the as-yet-uncreated expoit.


Mark Zuckerberg voices support for Apple in encryption row, but FBI is winning public mindshare

02/22/2016, 05:02 pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added his name to the list of tech leaders rallying behind Apple in its encryption debate with the Justice Department, but a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center suggests the FBI is winning over public sentiment.


Former NSA director opposes iOS backdoor, but leans towards FBI in iPhone unlock debate

02/22/2016, 02:02 pm

On Monday, a former director of the U.S. National Security Agency -- Michael Hayden -- took a middleground stance on the Apple/FBI encryption debate, supporting the FBI in the short term while opposing a universal backdoor in devices.


FBI director says iPhone unlock demands are limited, won't 'set a master key loose'

02/22/2016, 10:02 am

The FBI's demand that Apple help it crack the iPhone 5c of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook has a "limited" scope, without impact beyond that case, according to a new editorial by FBI Director James Comey.


Mother of San Bernardino victim backs Apple, says right to privacy 'makes America great'

02/22/2016, 09:02 am

Carole Adams -- whose son Robert was killed in the San Bernardino attack last year -- has spoken out in support of Apple's position on encryption, saying the company "is definitely within their rights to protect the privacy of all Americans."


Tim Cook says government should withdraw demands to unlock iPhone, form commission to discuss implications

02/22/2016, 07:02 am

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook issued a memo to his employees on Monday, escalating the war of words between his company and the U.S. government, and calling on officials to form a commission or panel of experts to discuss the implications of unlocking the iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters.