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Topic: Encryption Debate

iOS 14 leaks are proof why there should never be an encryption backdoor

03/10/2020, 03:03 pm

There is nobody keener than an Apple fan to take a leaked version of iOS, pore over it in depth, and find out all its hidden secrets -- except one. Even more motivated and determined than even the greatest Apple spelunker, is the criminal, the terrorist, the bad actor -- and they absolutely shouldn't be given the chance to do so with an encryption backdoor of any sort.

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Apple & big tech urged to fight online child sexual abuse with more vigor

03/05/2020, 01:03 pm

Attorney General William Barr has urged Apple and other tech giants to fight child sexual-abuse material circulation in a set of voluntary principles, but despite eliminating any mention of encryption, the general sentiment that tech companies should introduce backdoors is still present.

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MI5 head wants 'exceptional access' to encrypted communications

02/28/2020, 07:02 am

The increased use of encryption has made the Internet a "wild west, unregulated, inaccessible to authorities, according to chief of British security agency MI5 Sir Andrew Parker, with the use of end-to-end encryption by Apple and other tech companies continuing to make it nearly impossible for law enforcement officials to monitor online conversations.

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FBI Pensacola investigation still hasn't accessed shooter's iPhone

02/05/2020, 01:02 pm

The Federal Bureau Investigation into the Pensacola shooting is still unable to access encrypted data on a suspect's iPhone, Director Christoper Wray has admitted, with no progress made on acquiring data from the device.

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Apple's end-to-end encryption threatened by new proposed bill

02/01/2020, 04:02 pm

Senator Lindsey Graham is pressing for new laws that would combat online child abuse, but do so by removing all end-to-end encryption and giving law enforcement open access to private data.

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Trump doubles down on demand that Apple unlock criminal's iPhones

01/22/2020, 07:01 am

Trump has continued his push for Apple to unlock iPhones on demand by law enforcement, claiming the company has "the keys to so many criminals and criminal minds."

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Apple cancelled encrypted iCloud plans after the FBI complained

01/21/2020, 08:01 am

Apple has reportedly abandoned plans to allow users to end-to-end encrypt iCloud, after getting negative feedback from the FBI.

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US Attorney General William Barr's push against encryption concerns some FBI officials

01/17/2020, 09:01 am

The continuing push by US Attorney General William Barr and government officials for Apple and other tech companies to assist law enforcement by weakening encryption is a continuation of a long-standing argument, but some within the FBI disagree with the latest political volleys to break device security.

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Scotland police don't seem to have any problem getting data off locked iPhones

01/16/2020, 09:01 am

Starting on January 20, 2020, Scotland police will begin using "cyber kiosks" to extract and examine the contents of smartphones -- including iPhones -- that have data relevant to investigations or accidents.

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FBI reportedly accessed locked iPhone 11 Pro Max with GrayKey third party tool

01/15/2020, 09:01 pm

The FBI recently cracked the encryption of Apple's latest and greatest iPhone 11 Pro Max, a report said Wednesday, prompting questions as to why the agency is demanding the company assist in accessing two older iPhone models as part of a high-profile case.

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Apple braces for legal fight with DOJ over Pensacola shooter's iPhones

01/14/2020, 10:01 pm

Apple CEO Tim Cook is reportedly building a small team of specialists to defend the company's encryption policies as a legal showdown with the Department of Justice looms.

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Trump tells Apple to 'step up to the plate' and unlock Pensacola shooter's iPhones

01/14/2020, 07:01 pm

President Donald Trump waded into the encryption battle on Tuesday with a tweet calling on Apple to "unlock" iPhones at the request of law enforcement agencies, suggesting the company should do so because of help it receives on trade and "other issues."

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The FBI has the tools it needs to break into the iPhone, and shouldn't ask for backdoors

01/14/2020, 11:01 am

Demands from the FBI and Attorney General William Barr for Apple to provide more help to the ongoing Pensacola shooter investigation did not need to be made, as security experts have pointed out the existence of hacking tools that could have granted access to locked iPhones -- which law enforcement has at their disposal already.

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Apple denies Barr's request to unlock Pensacola shooter's iPhones

01/13/2020, 09:01 pm

Apple on Monday denied a public request from U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr to unlock iPhones owned by a Saudi Air Force cadet accused of killing three people at a naval base in Pensacola, Fla., refuting the AG's claim that it has not provided "substantive assistance" in the investigation.

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Attorney General Barr demands Apple unlock iPhones in Pensacola shooting

01/13/2020, 03:01 pm

US Attorney General William Barr has publicly asked Apple to unlock a pair of iPhones used by the gunman who killed three people in Pensacola, Florida in December, complaining Apple has so far provided no "substantive assistance" to the investigation.

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Apple's Mac Pro, iOS 13.3, encryption backdoors on the AppleInsider Podcast

12/13/2019, 08:12 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about password managers, the Feds threatening encryption backdoors, Apple Card iPhone installments, and unsurprisingly the Mac Pro.

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Senators threaten Apple, Facebook with mandated encryption backdoors

12/10/2019, 03:12 pm

Tech companies including Apple and Facebook should provide encrypted user data to members of law enforcement, U.S. Senators said on Tuesday, with the added threat of imposing regulatory measures over the technology if they fail to do so.

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Apple's 16-inch MacBook Pro & the ARM Mac on the AppleInsider Podcast

07/26/2019, 08:07 am

This week on the AppleInsider Podcast, Victor and William talk about the 16-inch MacBook Pro rumors, just how effective Facebook's $5 billion fine from the FTC will be, and the pending antitrust investigation into big tech companies.

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US Attorney General Barr doubles down on encryption backdoors call

07/23/2019, 03:07 pm

The US Attorney General William Barr has waded into the ongoing encryption debate, claiming the encryption of data is putting the security of America at risk by stopping law enforcement officials from being able to track criminals, and calling for the creation of security-defeating backdoors that somehow do not weaken encryption.

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White House mulls end-to-end encryption ban to aid law enforcement

06/28/2019, 03:06 pm

The Trump administration are looking into the possibility of banning encryption techniques that cannot be broken by law enforcement, a proposal that would weaken encryption as a whole for users and businesses, and could make messaging clients like Apple's iMessage stop using end-to-end encryption.

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