US Government Committee Concludes (Yet Again) That Encryption Backdoors Undesirable.

As the year draws to a close – and what a year! – we finally have some good, sensible news: the US government has found that “any measure that weakens encryption works against the national interest,” and so encryption backdoors are an untenable scenario. This should be the final and decisive nail to the coffin […] 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

Time Limits on Smartphones’ Biometric Access: What Is That All About?.

A lot of ink has been spilled over the past couple of weeks on Apple’s Touch ID. First, it was noted that a Los Angeles court ordered a woman to unlock an iPhone by providing her fingerprint. Soon after, it was revealed that Apple appeared to have changed Touch ID’s settings so that it would […] read more

FBI Wants iPhone Unlocked in Second Case.

According to the Boston Herald, the FBI is asking for an encrypted iPhone to be unlocked in a Boston case. That’s Boston, Massachusetts, literally a city on the other side of the country, possibly as far as one could get from San Bernardino within the contiguous 48 states. If you’ve been living under a rock […] read more

The 5th Amendment: Fingerprints Not Protected Like Passwords Are.

When it comes to smartphone encryption, it seems that Apple’s fingerprint-based TouchID unlocking feature is not so great (although most people seem to readily agree that the same, when it comes to mobile payments, is nothing short of miraculous).  A Circuit Court judge has ruled that a defendant can be compelled to give up his […] read more