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UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Facebook rebuffs U.S. attorney general over access to encrypted messages

Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages.


FBI overstated encryption problem with cell phones

A programming error led the FBI to vastly overstate the number of cell phones that investigators could not access because of encryption, officials said Wednesday.


What the CIA WikiLeaks dump tells us: Encryption works

NEW YORK – If the tech industry is drawing one lesson from the latest WikiLeaks disclosures, it’s that data-scrambling encryption works, and the industry should use more of it.


FBI says it won’t disclose how it accessed locked iPhone

The FBI said Wednesday that it will not publicly disclose the method that allowed it to access a locked iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino attackers, saying it …


Law enforcement investigators seek out private DNA databases

Investigators are broadening their DNA searches beyond government databases and demanding genetic information from companies that do ancestry research for their customers.


Harrop: Tech and terrorism: Figure it out

All that goodwill Apple has amassed for its wonderful products could start draining away as Americans wonder what side it’s on.


Apple asks judge to delay iPhone data case, citing FBI quest

Apple wants a judge to delay government demands for data from a locked iPhone in a Brooklyn drug case while the FBI sees if it can get contents from a …


An iPhone-hacking tool likely wouldn’t stay secret for long

Suppose Apple loses its court fight with the FBI and has to produce a software tool that would help agents hack into an iPhone – specifically, a device used by …


French lawmakers vote bill to make tech firms unlock data

France’s lower house of Parliament has approved a measure aiming to give prison sentences to technology company executives who refuse to give data to investigators in terrorism-related cases.


FBI, Apple clash before Congress as encryption fight simmers

The U.S. government calls it a “vicious guard dog” that hurts national security. Apple says it’s critical to protecting consumer privacy against increasingly sophisticated hackers.


Judge scolds U.S. in its fight with Apple over iPhone data

A New York judge is scolding the government for efforts to shame Apple for refusing to surrender information from customers’ iPhones.


Consumer Confidential: Is the Apple iPhone really any different from other consumer products?

Why such a fuss over Apple? There are many other examples of government officials telling businesses to fiddle with their products in the name of safeguarding the public – baby …


Apple asks judge to vacate order on locked iPhone

Apple Inc. on Thursday asked a federal magistrate to reverse her order that the company help the FBI hack into a locked iPhone, accusing the federal government of seeking “dangerous …


Apple encryption ‘hardest question I’ve seen’ in government, FBI boss says

The policy issues raised in the Justice Department’s dispute with Apple Inc. over a locked iPhone represent the “hardest question I’ve seen in government and it’s going to require negotiation …


Apple tells employees why it won’t help hack shooter’s phone

WASHINGTON – Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook acknowledged to employees Monday that “it does not feel right” to refuse to help the FBI hack a locked iPhone used by a …


Big tech companies are joining Apple in its encryption fight

The stage is set for a legal clash that could determine whether tech companies or government authorities get the final say on just how secure devices like smartphones can be.


U.S. accuses Apple of ‘repudiating’ order on phone access

The Justice Department is firing back at Apple for refusing to help unlock a phone used by one of the gunmen in the San Bernardino attack.


Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears

SAN FRANCISCO – The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users’ online communications …