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Man jailed for not unlocking iPhone adds fuel to device search warrant debate

06/07/2019, 03:06 pm

A Florida man was thrown in jail for 44 days for refusing to unlock two iPhones in his possession during a traffic stop, an incident fuelling the ongoing privacy debates over how law enforcement can legally gain access to a smartphone's contents via passcode or biometrics, without being unconstitutional.

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Idaho judge denies warrant to compel suspect to unlock smartphone with biometrics

05/13/2019, 02:05 pm

An Idaho court has denied a warrant asking for authorization for law enforcement to make a smartphone owner unlock their device with their fingerprint, with the decision the latest in an ongoing debate on whether or not police and security services have the right to unlock biometric security on a device like the iPhone's Face ID or Touch ID.

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Massachusetts judge granted warrant to unlock suspects iPhone with Touch ID

05/03/2019, 04:05 pm

Law enforcement can compel a suspect to unlock their iPhone using Touch ID under a warrant, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled in April, muddying the waters in the ongoing battle in courts over whether the contents of a mobile device secured with biometrics are protected by the Fifth Amendment, or not.

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Apple & other tech companies lobby efforts kill Ontario 'Right to Repair' bill

05/03/2019, 08:05 am

Another 'Right to Repair' bill that would have made device producers provide the resources for consumers and third-party repair outfits to fix devices has been put to rest, with intensive lobbying from tech companies including Apple said to be behind the killing of the legislation.

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Investigators sought permission to unlock Michael Cohen's iPhone with FaceID

03/19/2019, 11:03 am

The investigation into President Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen included a request to use his biometric data to access his Apple devices, warrant documents reveal, with both the attorney's face and fingerprints needed to bypass security used in iPhones and iPads.

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Tim Cook visits Washington D.C. for American Workforce Policy Advisory Board meeting

03/06/2019, 03:03 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, meeting with White House officials and business leaders as part of his role on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, with the aim of improving the future prospects of the United States' workforce.

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'Save the Internet' bill seeks to reinstate net neutrality regulations

03/06/2019, 11:03 am

Wednesday's submission of the "Save the Internet Act" is attempting to reverse a repeal of regulations by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017.

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New FAA rules banning fully charged lithium-ion batteries as cargo won't stop you from using iPhones on flights

02/27/2019, 04:02 pm

The United States Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration has introduced rules banning lithium-ion batteries from being included as cargo on flights with passengers on safety grounds, and has applied a new and more restrictive maximum charge limit, but the rule change does not directly affect iPhone or iPad owners and other device users.

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US Army wants Steve Jobs-like iPhone-style design process for next-generation rifles

02/14/2019, 07:02 am

The U.S. Army has compared the production of future weaponry to Apple's creation of the iPhone as it searches for a contractor to design and produce next-generation rifles, with the hope the next gun created for the military will produce a similar level of revolution to "small arms."

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Tim Cook named as member of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

02/13/2019, 12:02 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook has been named as one of the 25 members of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, a group that aims to create a strategy to make workers in the United States cope better with the current and impending challenges of 21st century employment.

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Tim Cook joins other CEOs in urging Congress to protect 'Dreamers'

02/11/2019, 09:02 am

Apple has joined a coalition of more than 100 companies in applying pressure to the US Congress to pass immigration legislation that protects "Dreamers," a group of more than 700,000 immigrants working and living in the country legally that are under threat of deportation under the Trump administration.

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American Data Dissemination Act seeks to legislate how the tech industry uses your data

01/16/2019, 02:01 pm

Senator Marco Rubio has announced the American Data Dissemination Act, a data privacy bill that aims to shore up existing privacy laws and establish a minimum standard for tech giants like Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook to obey.

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Face ID, Touch ID unlocks can't be compelled by law enforcement, rules federal judge

01/14/2019, 11:01 am

The police cannot force a person to unlock their iPhone with Face ID or Touch ID, a U.S. federal judge has ruled, a move that effectively provides users the same protection for the biometric security for their devices as previously afforded to passcodes.

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Apple financial miss not due to US-China trade dispute claims Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross

01/07/2019, 11:01 am

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has advised that Apple's reduced revenue expectations are not due to trade tensions between the United States and China, while simultaneously claiming that the dispute between the two countries "certainly has hurt" the Chinese economy.

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Tim Cook may get that US privacy legislation he's expecting in 2019

11/28/2018, 10:11 am

Apple CEO Tim Cook's expectation that tech giants will be subjected to privacy regulations may soon become a reality, with a pair of U.S. Senators working on a bipartisan bill mandating the protection of consumer data that could be drafted in early 2019.

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Apple could be impacted by proposed US export ban on AI, Computer Vision, iPhone processor technology

11/19/2018, 01:11 pm

The Department of Commerce is examining the possibility of controlling the export of emerging technologies to other nations, with the list of proposed tech including areas of interest to Apple, including processor technology, artificial intelligence, computer vision, and natural language processing.

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How to use your iPhone to follow the long-term impact of your midterms vote

11/07/2018, 11:11 am

This midterm election saw a rush of new people coming to vote. Political engagement doesn't stop there, though, and your iOS device will help you continue to have your say.

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Apple will likely be unaffected by the federal election results, but inside California is a different story

11/07/2018, 09:11 am

Democrats gained control of the House of Representatives, meaning divided government and changes in how Washington works -- and AppleInsider takes a look at possible implications for Apple's initiatives in Washington D.C., and on a more local level how the company may have to spend in its home state.

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NSA cybersecurity head can't find corroboration for iCloud spy chip report

10/10/2018, 10:10 am

The senior advisor for Cybersecurity Strategy to the director of the National Security Agency has advised there is a lack of evidence relating to both of Bloomberg's recent espionage-related stories, and has openly requested for people with knowledge of the situation to provide assistance.

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US Senators demand answers from Supermicro over spy chip allegations

10/10/2018, 08:10 am

A pair of senators have written to Supermicro requesting more information about events detailed in the recent Bloomberg investigation alleging the company's servers were compromised, in an attempt to find out if it is a risk to the national security of the United States.

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