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

Tennessee Updates Law That Required Notification For Encrypted Personal Data Loss.

In 2016, Tennessee created something of a legal furor when it became the first state to require data breach notifications (DBN) even if the lost or stolen data was protected with encryption. Earlier this month, a new law took effect that “clarifies [this] confusion” for companies: they are not required to send DBNs if the […] read more

Children’s Medical Center of Dallas Pays $3.2 Million To Settle HIPAA Violations.

The Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) recently settled with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) over multiple failures to encrypt sensitive data in mobile devices. The settlement – $3.2 million dollars – is quite the figure, as is the timeline involved: It looks like an investigation could have been started as […] 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

Frequent Password Changes Not A Secure Data Security Practice.

According to the Federal Trade Commission’s Chief Technologist, forcing users to frequently change their password can be counterproductive when it comes to fighting data breaches. Mind you, it’s not the frequency itself that leads to security weaknesses. Rather, it’s what happens at the weakest link in most security systems — individual behavior — that leads […] 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