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Topic: Encryption Debate

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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