STATES: The Encryption Wars. Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) dispute with Apple dominated the news for months this spring, the real encryption war may only now be simmering, as states battle the federal government over the right to regulate encryption. Recently, some states have proposed legislation that aims to require decryption, while members of Congress have started to propose federal solutions that would directly oppose such state legislation. Read more
VIDEO: Apple CEO Tim Cook Refuses to Bypass Encryption on iPhone For FBI and Federal Government. Apple (APPL) CEO Tim Cook refuses to allow the United States Federal Government and the FBI to gain a “backdoor” to iOS in their attempt to hack into the cellphone of the San Bernardino terrorists, who attacked a Christmas Holiday party in December of 2015, killing 14 people. The Federal Government, via US Magistrate Sheri Pym, ordered Apple to provide the necessary information to crack the cellphone on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. Many see this case as yet another battle in the constant war of security vs. privacy in the United States. Some say that security should be tantamount to American patriotism, and that it should be upheld at all costs, above all (über alles) as Donald Trump said. There are others, such as former CIA employee Eric Snowden, who say that privacy should not be sacrificed in the name of security, because at a certain point, it becomes domestic spying. Find out more
PODCAST: Thwarting Attempts to Defeat Encryption in POS Devices. Exclusive, insightful audio interviews by Government Info Security staff with government/security leading practitioners and thought-leaders. Find out more
READ: Encryption Policy in the Modern Age: A Not So Simple Debate. Stanford University researchers shared the fruits and frustrations of their efforts to clarify the government’s current practices around the encryption of electronic devices during a Crypto Policy Project event Nov. 2. Read the rest
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