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White House Plays With Words, Says Department Of Justice Isn’t Asking Apple To Create A Backdoor

Following Tim Cook’s letter, the White House has reacted to Apple’s strong stance against backdoors. According to Reuters, the White House has said that the Department of Justice isn’t asking for a backdoor to unlock the iPhone 5c in the San Bernardino case. Instead, the Government only wants help …

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Justice Department Files Motion To Force Apple To Comply With Backdoor Request

And we’re back with another episode of our favorite privacy saga between Apple and the FBI. This time, the Department of Justice gets involved. The department has filed a motion asking Apple to comply with the FBI order.<p>The FBI originally ordered Apple to create a special version of iOS to access a …

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Mark Cuban Commends Apple, Proposes New Law For Tech Security

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban is usually opposed to new regulation, but he thinks there should be a law to eliminate confusion in the next Apple security controversy.<p>While he applauds Apple for standing up to the FBI and refusing to break into the iPhone belonging to the San Bernardino …

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Tim Cook Says Apple Won’t Create Universal iPhone Backdoor For FBI

Apple CEO Tim Cook has confirmed that the company will appeal a California judge’s order to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino shooting. Following the request, Cook argued, would “threaten the security of our customers.”<p>The device in question — an …

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At MWC, Facebook’s Zuckerberg Talks Free Basics, Lasers and Encryption

Facebook had a high-profile setback when its Free Basics mobile connectivity program got blocked in India earlier this month over net neutrality issues, but its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is adamant — even upbeat — about the social network continuing to look for other ways to provide services to more …

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Why Apple Is Right To Reject The FBI’s Push To Brute Force iPhone Security

Apple is under pressure from the FBI to backdoor iPhone 5c security. The company is taking a public, principled stance on this, which is in line with its recent public pro-privacy defense of encryption. Yesterday it released a customer statement explaining that it will fight the court order, which …

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Donald Trump Says You Should Boycott Apple

Presidential candidate Donald Trump is stepping up his criticism of Apple over its fight with the FBI.<p>As you can see in the footage below (reportedly shot at a campaign event in Pawleys Island, South Carolina), Trump was discussing the need to bring overseas jobs back to the United States when he …

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Box’s Aaron Levie Defends Apple Amid FBI Controversy

Related Articles<p>Justice Department Files Motion To Force Apple To Comply With Backdoor Request Mark Cuban Commends Apple, Proposes New Law For Tech Security Apple Gets An Extension In iPhone Unlock Case, Response Now Due February 26th<p>Box CEO Aaron Levie spoke to TechCrunch about the ongoing saga …

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In Employee Email, Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For Commission On Interaction Of Technology And Intelligence Gathering

Early this morning, Apple CEO Tim Cook sent an email out to employees about the FBI’s request to unlock an iPhone with the subject line ‘Thank you for your support’. The email outlines some responses to Cook’s open letter last week and paints the issue of Apple’s refusal to cooperate as one of …

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Apple Executives Detail Scope Of FBI Request And Company’s Motivations For Not Complying

In a call with reporters today, Apple executives spoke in response to a motion the Justice Department filed today to force Apple to comply with a request from the FBI to provide access to the iPhone of Syed Farook taken as evidence in the case of the San Bernardino terrorist killings. <b>Updates …

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Why Apple Is Fighting Not To Unlock iPhones For The Government

Yesterday, the FBI filed an order compelling Apple to unlock an iPhone used by Syed Farook, one of the attackers in the San Bernardino shooting incident late last year which left 14 people dead.<p>Shortly thereafter, Apple CEO Tim Cook published a bold statement indicating that Apple planned to fight …

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Google’s CEO Says “Forcing Companies To Enable Hacking Could Compromise Users’ Privacy.”

Google’s Sundar Pichai has thrown his support behind Apple’s recent decision to push back against the FBI and not build a backdoor into iOS. In the Google CEO’s first tweetstorm, Sundar notes that requiring companies to enable hacking of customer devices and data “could be a troubling precedent.” …

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No, Apple Has Not Unlocked 70 iPhones For Law Enforcement

The more highly technical the basis of a story, the more likely it is that some key detail will get jacked up by a journalist trying to translate it for the public. Call it Panzer’s Law.<p>It’s only natural, especially when it comes to stories about security and privacy, such as Apple vs. the FBI. …

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In The Apple Encryption Debate, Can We Just Have The Facts Please?

Jeff Kosseff Contributor<p>Jeff Kosseff is an assistant professor of cybersecurity law at the United States Naval Academy. The views expressed are only his, and do not represent the Naval Academy or Department of Navy.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Prevent data breaches, don’t just report them<br>• A …

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Apple Gets An Extension In iPhone Unlock Case, Response Now Due February 26th

Apple has received an extension in the timeline that it has to reply to a court order to modify an iPhone for the FBI. The deadline, originally Tuesday, has been pushed out to Friday, February 26th, TechCrunch has learned.<p>Apple will need to make its case why the FBI’s request to create a special …

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Twitter’s Founder, Facebook Pledge Support For Apple As It Fights Court Order To Unlock iPhone

Twitter’s founder and Facebook have joined a growing chorus of voices from the tech community supporting Apple as it opposes a court order to help the FBI break into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.<p>Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted “We stand with @tim_cook and …

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With 12 Other Active Cases, The FBI Can’t Claim That It’s Just About One iPhone

The FBI and the Department of Justice have used a strong narrative to defend their case in the dispute between the FBI and Apple. The FBI wants Apple to unlock an iPhone 5c belonging to one of the terrorists involved in the San Bernardino shooting. According to the FBI, it’s just about one iPhone. …

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Most Americans Support FBI Over Apple, Finds Pew

Pew Research Center has released a study on the dispute between the FBI and Apple. Fifty-one percent of Americans think Apple should assist the FBI and unlock the iPhone 5c while 38 percent of Americans side with Apple.<p>The iPhone used to belong to one of the suspects in the San Bernardino terrorist …

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FBI Director Denies Wanting To Create A Backdoor Into The iPhone

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has claimed that the organization is not trying to break Apple’s encryption or set up backdoor access to the company’s devices and services.<p>Writing for Lawfare, a not-for-profit, addressing the ongoing standoff between Apple and the FBI over …

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Apple Supporters From All Walks Line Up In Downtown San Francisco To Rally Against FBI Court Order

A large group lined up outside of the Apple store in downtown San Francisco this evening, but not for the usual reasons.<p>This time, about 60 to 70 protestors swarmed Apple to voice their opposition to an FBI’s court order requiring the tech giant to create a backdoor to iOS encryption. The FBI sent …

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Bill Gates Clarifies Statements On Apple Vs. FBI, Calls For Safeguards And Discussion

<b>Editor’s note:</b> A previous version of this post had the headline “Bill Gates Says Apple Should Unlock The iPhone” but Gates appeared on Bloomberg after this report was published, and attempted to clarify his intentions. You can watch the whole interview here where he backpedals a bit.<p>Bill Gates is …

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The U.S. Government Is About To Start A Tech Civil War… We’re Siding With Apple

Harvey Anderson Contributor<p>Harvey Anderson is the chief legal officer at AVG Technologies.<p>Justin Olsson Contributor<p>Justin Olsson is a product counsel at AVG Technologies.<p>Tim Cook’s open letter to customers about the FBI’s request to create a backdoor with iOS has set off a critical conversation …

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Tim Cook: A Backdoor Into The iPhone Would Be The ‘Software Equivalent Of Cancer’

Apple CEO Tim Cook has mounted the fiercest argument explaining why Apple is opposed to an FBI order to open the iPhone used by San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook.<p>Cook has already explained Apple’s stance in detail on two occasions (in a letter to customers and an internal note to staff which was …

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Apple Plans To Make iPhone And iCloud More Secure To Keep The Government Away

Apple is already thinking about ways to make it harder to hack iPhones, reports say. According to the New York Times, the company wants to prevent passcode-free recovery mode in future iPhones. According to the FT, Apple also wants to encrypt iPhone backups on iCloud.<p>These two reports are related …

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Apple Files Motion To Vacate The Court Order To Force It To Unlock iPhone, Citing Constitutional Free Speech Rights

In a discussion with Apple executives today, TechCrunch was informed that Apple had filed a motion to vacate in the case of the FBI compelling Apple to assist in unlocking an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook.<p>The executive said that “within hours” Apple had provided the information requested by the …

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Apple Hires Developer Behind Signal, Edward Snowden’s Favorite Secure Chat App

Apple hires plenty of interns all year round, but one particular addition revealed this week caught the eye given the company’s current position opposing a controversial order to enable the FBI to access the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters.<p>Frederic Jacobs, a Switzerland-based …

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11 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

This week the Apple versus FBI battle raged on, we went to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, Facebook changed up the Like button and more. Here are the top stories of the week.<p><b>1.</b> Apple continued its battle with the FBI amid an order to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists involved …

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NY Judge Rules In Favor Of Apple In Government Request For iPhone Data

In a New York case, Magistrate Judge James Orenstein of the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York has ruled in favor of Apple, denying a government request for information on an iPhone. Orenstein had paused the request to allow Apple to file in opposition of the order because it …

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