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Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Resistance in FBI iPhone Case

Apple CEO Tim Cook got a standing ovation Friday at his first stockholder meeting since his company’s epic clash with the FBI unfolded. He defended the company’s unbending stance by saying: “These are the right things to do.” On Thursday, the tech giant formally challenged a court order to help the FBI unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a murderous ... Read More »

FBI Chief Acknowledges Apple Case May Set Privacy Precedent

FBI Director James Comey said the government isn’t looking to send a message with a court order to compel Apple to unlock a terror suspect’s iPhone but acknowledged that the case may set a precedent. Federal prosecutors simply want any potential evidence that may be on a phone used by one of the attackers in the December mass shooting in ... Read More »

Google CEO Backs Apple Again in Encryption Battle With FBI

Google chief Sundar Pichai on Wednesday expressed his support for Apple in its standoff with the FBI over unlocking an iPhone as part of a terror probe, warning that creating so-called “backdoors” into encrypted communications could have “bad consequences”. “We want to take a very strong stance against any form of backdoor whatsoever,” chief executive Pichai said during a conference ... Read More »

Bill Gates Says ‘Disappointed’ by Reports He Backs FBI in Apple Spat

Add Bill Gates to the cacophony of voices – from a former CIA director to Donald Trump – weighing in on the debate that has erupted between Apple and the FBI over user privacy, security and the attempt to unlock a phone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino, California, terrorism attacks. Early Tuesday, the Financial Times ... Read More »

Bill Gates Backs FBI in iPhone Spat: Report

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing the FBI in its standoff with Apple over unlocking an iPhone in the probe of last year’s deadly San Bernardino attacks, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. Breaking ranks with Silicon Valley companies who support Apple in its refusal to hack the phone of one of the attackers, Gates said technology companies should be forced ... Read More »

Bill Gates Backs FBI in iPhone Spat: Report

Microsoft founder Bill Gates is backing the FBI in its standoff with Apple over unlocking an iPhone in the probe of last year’s deadly San Bernardino attacks, the Financial Times reported Tuesday. Breaking ranks with Silicon Valley companies who support Apple in its refusal to hack the phone of one of the attackers, Gates said technology companies should be forced ... Read More »

Apple Encryption Fracas About ‘Victims and Justice’: FBI Chief

A court order the US government requested to force Apple to unlock an iPhone linked to the San Bernardino shooting rampage is about “the victims and justice,” FBI Director James Comey said. In his first public remarks since Apple CEO Tim Cook said he would fight the federal magistrate’s order, Comey said the Justice Department’s request is simply about gaining ... Read More »

Common Software Would Have Let FBI Unlock Shooter’s iPhone

The county government that owned the iPhone in a high-profile legal battle between Apple and the Justice Department paid for but never installed a feature that would have allowed the FBI to easily and immediately unlock the phone as part of the terrorism investigation into the shootings that killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. If the technology, known as ... Read More »

FBI Asked for Password Reset on Shooter’s iPhone

In the chaotic aftermath of the shootings in San Bernardino, California, in December, FBI investigators seeking to recover data from the iPhone of one of the shooters asked a technician in the California county to reset the phone’s iCloud password. But that apparent fog-of-war error foreclosed the possibility of an automatic backup to the Apple iCloud servers that might have ... Read More »

Worldwide Protests Supporting Apple in Encryption Fight With FBI Planned By Internet Rights Group

Protesters are preparing to assemble in more than 30 cities to lash out at the FBI for obtaining a court order that requires Apple to make it easier to unlock an encrypted iPhone used by a gunman in December’s mass shootings in Southern California. The protests organized by the Internet rights group Fight for the Future are scheduled to occur ... Read More »