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

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

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

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

Unbreakable Encryption To Be Banned By US Senators.

Just as the Apple-FBI encryption saga comes to a less than illustrious close, a different branch of the US government has decided to also toss in their hat into the circus ring. Last week, the Associated Press (AP) reported that Senators Richard Burr and Dianne Feinstein are finalizing a draft bill that would “effectively prohibit […] 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