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Topic: Encryption Debate

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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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San Bernardino victims to support FBI in iPhone decryption fight

02/21/2016, 08:02 pm

Families of the victims of last year's San Bernardino massacre plan to file a legal brief in support of U.S. Department of Justice efforts to unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters, adding weight to the government's case against Apple, a report said Sunday.

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House committee invites Apple CEO Tim Cook, FBI Director James Comey to discuss encryption

02/19/2016, 07:02 pm

Amid a firestorm of debate sparked by Apple's decision to fight an FBI data request, the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Friday invited Apple CEO Tim Cook and FBI Director James Comey to offer testimony on the nuanced issues surrounding encryption.

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Apple ID linked to terrorist's iPhone 5c changed while device was in government hands, Apple says [ux2]

02/19/2016, 06:02 pm

In response to a Department of Justice motion to compel Apple's cooperation in the unlocking of an iPhone 5c used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists, company executives on Friday revealed the Apple ID passcode linked to that device was changed while the handset was in government hands, effectively blocking attempts to retrieve an iCloud backup.

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Avid iPhone user Donald Trump calls for Apple boycott over encryption fight

02/19/2016, 04:02 pm

Donald Trump, who is seeking the U.S. Republican presidential nomination, on Friday said consumers should boycott Apple until the company complies with government requests to help unlock an iPhone 5c tied to last year's San Bernardino massacre.

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US Department of Justice files motion to force Apple to crack terrorist's iPhone

02/19/2016, 02:02 pm

Apple's complex saga involving data encryption, civil liberties and national security took yet another twist on Friday when the U.S. Department of Justice weighed in, filing a motion attempting to compel the iPhone maker to create a backdoor to unlock a secured iPhone.

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Billionaire Mark Cuban says Apple deserves a 'standing ovation' for fighting FBI on encryption

02/19/2016, 11:02 am

Apple did "exactly the right thing" by refusing a request from the U.S. government to create a backdoor to access a terrorist's locked iPhone, billionaire Mark Cuban wrote in response to the encryption controversy this week.

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Apple reportedly enlists aid of free-speech attorneys in encryption battle

02/18/2016, 10:02 pm

Details surrounding Apple's legal battle to keep iPhone encryption intact continue to trickle out, the latest being a report claiming the company has retained the services of two prominent attorneys well versed in free-speech rights, suggesting such issues will be in play at upcoming court hearings.

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Facebook, Twitter voice support for Apple's stance on encryption [u]

02/18/2016, 09:02 pm

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey tweeted "we stand with Tim Cook and Apple," while Facebook expressed it would "fight aggressively" against any government actions to "weaken the security" of consumer products.

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Senate committee chair mulls bill to punish companies that refuse decryption requests

02/18/2016, 08:02 pm

Amid a raging digital security debate sparked by Apple's fight to protect encryption FBI, the Senate Intelligence Committee is said to be working on legislation that would criminalize companies unwilling to comply with court-ordered decryption requests.

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John McAfee offers to decrypt iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorists, criticizes FBI

02/18/2016, 04:02 pm

Calling it a "black day and the beginning of the end of the U.S. as a world power," software developer John McAfee criticized the FBI on Thursday for attempting to force Apple to build a backdoor to access data from a terrorist's iPhone, saying that he will decrypt the handset himself for free.

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Apple's opposition to backdoors in FBI case gains global, animated attention

02/18/2016, 03:02 pm

Digital animators in Taiwan have turned the legal case between Apple and the FBI into an animated movie short that clearly depicts key details and potential ramifications of the issue that even many industry pundits have had trouble grasping.

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