FBI Asks Court to Cancel to Tuesday’s Hearing with Apple, Court Agrees

9:36 PM, Mar. 21st, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple in Court

The FBI has thrown a large wrinkle into its ongoing fight with Apple by requesting Tuesday's evidentiary hearing be vacated, or canceled. In a filing with the court, the government said an unidentified third party had stepped forward with a way of accessing the data on the iPhone of dead terrorist Syed Farook, and that if it works, Apple's help will no longer be needed.

Put Simply: The Apple vs FBI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

6:00 PM, Mar. 17th, 2016 · · Analysis

Put Simply: The Apple vs FBI  (FAQ)

The legal case between the FBI and Apple is very complex, both legally and technically. Yet, the impact of the court's decision and appeals could have a major impact on the rights and freedoms of every American. Here's a simple FAQ that explains the basics at hand in plain English.

Richard Clarke Slams FBI’s Pursuit of Weaker Encryption on Apple’s iPhone

10:13 PM, Mar. 14th, 2016 · · Analysis

Richard Clarke

Richard Clarke, former National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection and Counter-terrorism for the United States, strongly condemned the FBI's efforts to force Apple to weaken iPhone encryption. In an interview with NPR, Mr. Clarke said that the FBI was wrong on encryption and was more interested in setting a precedent in its efforts against Apple than it was in actually accessing a work iPhone used by a dead terrorist.

FBI Court Filing Plays Fast and Loose with Apple Facts

2:08 PM, Mar. 11th, 2016 · · Analysis

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The FBI on Thursday filed a response to Apple's response to a court order mandating that Apple create a version of iOS—dubbed FBiOS or GovtOS in the media—shorn of several key security features. In that response, the FBI attempts to deconstruct Apple's arguments against the order, but in one area in particular, the government's attorneys play fast and loose with the facts in an apples-to-oranges comparison.

Attorney General Plays Misinformation Card in iPhone Unlocking Fight

11:40 AM, Mar. 1st, 2016 · · Analysis

U.S. Attorney General on iPhone hacking order: companies comply all the time

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch hopes Apple will finally see the light and comply with a Federal Court order to create a passcode hackable version of the iPhone operating system for an FBI investigation. She said thousands of companies comply with similar orders every day, which seems a little off considering no company has ever been given an order compelling them to create something that doesn't already exist to be used as a forensic tool.

FBI Director Comey Admits Apple Case Could Set Precedent

6:02 PM, Feb. 26th, 2016 · · Analysis

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey acknowledged during a House hearing on Thursday that a court order forcing Apple to create software that bypasses security measures in iOS could establish a precedent. This, despite claims from the get-go that the court order was about one device and once device only.

FBI Wants into our iPhones, so Apple is Making Them More Secure

9:41 AM, Feb. 25th, 2016 · · Analysis

Apple working to make iOS, iCloud even more secure

Apple is already working on new ways to improve iPhone and iCloud encryption that would make government demands for tools to hack into our personal data worthless. Currently, the FBI is trying to force Apple to create a passcode hackable version of iOS, and that very likely was the incentive to accelerate security improvement efforts.

Reuters Poll Finds More People Support Apple in Fight Against FBI

10:02 PM, Feb. 24th, 2016 · · Analysis

Reuters/Ipsos Graph

Reuters released Wednesday the results of a poll that found more people—just less than half—supported Apple in its decision to fight a government order to create a backdoor in iOS. Those results contrast sharply to a Pew poll released earlier in the week that found a majority of people wanted Apple to do the government's bidding. The differences in those results come down in part to the way the questions were phrased.