Smartphone Encryption: FBI and Apple At It Again?.

Following the worst mass shooting in Texas history, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has announced in a press conference that they’re unable to get into the smartphone of the shooter. The reason? Encryption. While the brand of the smartphone was not officially revealed at the time (so as to not alert the “baddies” which one […] read more

FBI Unable to Access 7000 Encrypted Devices in 2017.

At the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, held in Philadelphia last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray noted that the FBI has nearly 7,000 encrypted devices it cannot access. Per the phillyvoice.com: In the first 11 months of the fiscal year [2017], federal agents were unable to access the content of […] read more

Sextortion Case Treads A Well-Worn Path: Are Passwords Protected Under the Fifth?.

A case of “sextortion” – blackmailing someone over naked footage (digital footage, more specifically, to reflect the times we live in) – between Instagram celebs has again dredged up the decidedly non-superfluous legal quagmire that’s been repeatedly visited since at least 2009: Is forcing a defendant to spit out his or her password a violation […] read more

iPhone Encryption: FL Appeals Judge Says “OK” to Compel Password.

A new iPhone encryption case is making the headlines. Unlike many of the controversial ones to date, I think it can safely be said that in this case, the courts were right in compelling the suspect to unlock his smartphone.   Up-Skirt Videos A voyeur – we’ll call him John Doe, although his name was […] read more

Russia Most Likely To Require Encryption Backdoors.

Russia’s lower legislative house, the Duma, recently passed a bill that requires messaging apps to provide a backdoor to the country’s secret service. The aim, of course, is to ultimately find a way around encryption.   Anti-Terrorism Laws According to multiple news sources, the bill was sponsored by a Senator who said she is deeply […] read more

HIPAA Data Breach: Medical Office Alerts Patients That Nothing Happened.

I’ve just run across a data breach notification that is a first of its kind: a data breach where the affected organization tells its clients (technically, patients) that nothing happened.  It’s like the Seinfeld show of data breaches.  The breach notification letter is about nothing.  Absolutely nothing.  Yet, there is something there. All kidding aside, […] read more

Data Breach Law: Wyoming Updates Laws On Data Privacy.

Wyoming has approved two Senate bills that update the state’s data privacy laws.  Senate Files 35 and 36 expand on the definition of what constitutes a breach of personal information, and what steps organizations must take when a data breach takes place.  Missing from the update: a safe harbor clause that would protect organizations if […] read more

Smartphone Security: Phone Theft Drops In Cities As Kill Switches Take Hold.

Reuters is reporting the unsurprising news that London, New York City, and San Francisco are seeing dramatic drops in smartphone thefts after the implementation of kill switches on devices became mandatory.  The ability to encrypt the contents of these devices has existed for years (via smartphone encryption that came either turned on by default or […] read more