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Was Hillary Clinton's Email Hacked? The Case

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.14.2016 | Technology
Peter Van Buren

If you were Vladimir Putin, or President Xi of China, what would you do if you had the entire archive of Hillary Clinton's emails, classified and unclassified, "deleted" and not, in your hands? What value to you would that be in your next round of negotiations with the president of the United States?

The Former Soviet Union's Embrace of Encryption-Busting Laws

Armine Sahakyan | Posted 07.01.2016 | World
Armine Sahakyan

Image: Computer code. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com U.S. privacy-policy whistleblower Edward Snowden made headlines recently for blasting an encryption-sk...

Are Your iPhones Safe? FBI and Apple Wage War Over Encryption

Adam Banner | Posted 05.09.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

As time passes following the FBI's announcement that it accessed the iPhone without Apple's help, I'm glad to see some of the answers are starting to take shape -- but the answers are not particularly good for Apple, or for the general public's right to privacy.

WhatsApp Now Unblocked In Brazil

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 05.03.2016 | Technology

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A Brazilian judge on Tuesday overturned a suspension of Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messaging application that affected some 100 mi...

Ransomware Is a Real Threat (Even to You, Apple Users)

Adam Levin | Posted 04.28.2016 | Technology
Adam Levin

Encryption can be a tool for good and evil. It's the safest way for an enterprise to keep information safe from prying eyes and sticky fingers, but unfortunately it's relatively easy for a hacker -- and not even a very clever one -- to use it to force an ugly situation.

Are Microsoft and Apple Defending Our Constitution?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 04.25.2016 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember King George III? If not, thanks to Broadway, we can stream his tunes on the sublime "Hamilton" soundtrack for a little recall. Of course that...

Police Officials Tell Congress Encryption Hurts Their Ability To Fight Crime

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 04.19.2016 | Technology

WASHINGTON, April 19 (Reuters) - The growing use of strong default encryption on mobile devices and communications by criminal suspects is handicappin...

Friday Talking Points -- Fighting or Following?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.15.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Ryan's got enough problems right now as it is, since he hasn't really gotten anything done in the House this year. Just like John Boehner before him, the Tea Party extremist faction is holding everything hostage and gumming up the works.

Microsoft Wants To Let You Know When The Feds Are Snooping In Your Email

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 04.14.2016 | Technology

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) has sued the U.S. government for the right to tell its customers when a federal agency is looking at their emails, the latest ...

Senate Draft Encryption Bill Is 'Ludicrous, Dangerous, Technically Illiterate'

WIRED | Adam Goldberg | Posted 04.10.2016 | Politics

AS APPLE BATTLED the FBI for the last two months over the agency’s demands that Apple help crack its own encryption, both the tech community and law...

Privacy vs. Security: Where Should We Draw the Encrypted Line in the Sand?

Adam Levin | Posted 04.07.2016 | Technology
Adam Levin

The recent Game of Phones between the FBI and Apple underscored an area in our jurisprudence that is screaming for more clarity.

WhatsApp Re-Ignites the Encryption Debate With Its Software Update

Anurag Harsh | Posted 04.06.2016 | Technology
Anurag Harsh

There are simply no right and wrong answers to this hot topic, only human opinion. The one certain thing is this: authorities and tech companies that manage our communication tools have very different ideas of what is the proper course of action.

Apple v. the FBI: Is the Fight Over?

Yolanda Rondon | Posted 03.30.2016 | Politics
Yolanda Rondon

The Apple case brought to the forefront an ongoing debate of the balance between national security and civil liberties. Partly, because Apple decided to fight back and has the resources to actually do so. But the battle over civil liberties has been brewing for some time.

The FBI Answers Its Apple Dichotomy

Art Brodsky | Posted 03.29.2016 | Technology
Art Brodsky

There was no reason to start yet another round of the holy war, ramping up the propaganda, getting Congress all excited, foisting false choices on people while casting aspersions on the tech industry in general and Apple in particular. But as we've seen over the years, this is the FBI's MO.

Apple Could Withdraw Help In Drug Case If FBI Hacks iPhone

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.25.2016 | Technology

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc said the U.S. Justice Department's new attempts to unlock an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters without ...

You Should Be Worried If The FBI Can Hack iPhones Without Apple

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 03.22.2016 | Technology

The Justice Department said Monday that it might not need Apple's help unlocking an iPhone connected to the San Bernardino terror attack. An outside ...

This Senator Is Worried About Your iPhone

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 03.14.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- “This smartphone is today’s go-to, must-have security tool," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said, pulling his iPhone out of his pocket. "It...

Major Tech Companies Plan Increased Encryption In Wake Of Apple-FBI Feud

The Guardian | Adam Goldberg | Posted 03.14.2016 | Technology

Spurred on by Apple’s battles against the FBI, some of tech’s biggest names are to expand encryption of user data in their services, the Guardian ...

4 Reasons to be Optimistic About Encryption's Future

Ryan Hagemann | Posted 03.11.2016 | Technology
Ryan Hagemann

As the legal dispute between the FBI and Apple continues to dominate headlines, there's a great deal that privacy advocates and consumers should be co...

Government Accuses Apple Of 'Deliberately' Boosting Security To Keep Feds Out

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.10.2016 | Technology

By Dan Levine and Dustin Volz (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said Apple Inc's rhetoric was "false" in a high-profile fight over t...

Apple Is Right

Peter Scheer | Posted 03.07.2016 | Technology
Peter Scheer

Apple claims that this coercion violates its first amendment rights. Can this argument really succeed? Yes, in my view. Although Apple's argument is somewhat overstated -- as are all arguments in litigation -- the order against Apple is a forbidden form of government censorship.

Apple CEO Clashes With GOP Senator Over Encryption At Secretive Retreat

The Huffington Post | Matt Fuller | Posted 03.08.2016 | Politics

It was supposed to be a chummy weekend with GOP lawmakers and billionaires. Instead, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) got into it with Apple CEO Tim Cook over...

Apple's "Backdoor" Jargon Is Full of Hypocrisy

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

The U.S. government has the stronger argument in its battle with Apple over obtaining access to possible information about terrorism in the iPhone of Syed Rozwab Farook.

Terrorist's iPhone: The Feds Are Right

Robert Whitcomb | Posted 03.07.2016 | Business
Robert Whitcomb

The U.S. government has the stronger argument in its battle with Apple over obtaining access to possible information about terrorism in the iPhone of ...

Apple's Case Just Got Boosted By Some Very Powerful Allies

Reuters | Casey Williams | Posted 03.04.2016 | Technology

(Reuters) - Tech industry leaders including Alphabet Inc's Google, Facebook Inc, Microsoft Corp, AT&T and more than two dozen other Internet and techn...