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Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show

A Motherboard investigation has found that law enforcement agencies across the country have purchased GrayKey, a relatively cheap tool for bypassing the encryption on iPhones, while the FBI pushes again for encryption backdoors.

Source: Cops Around the Country Can Now Unlock iPhones, Records Show – Motherboard

More than 600 apps had access to my iPhone data

While Facebook desperately tightens controls over how third parties access its users’ data – trying to mend its damaged reputation – attention is focusing on the wider issue of data harvesting and the threat it poses to our personal privacy.

Data harvesting is a multibillion dollar industry and the sobering truth is that you may never know just how much data companies hold about you, or how to delete it.

Source: ‘More than 600 apps had access to my iPhone data’ – BBC News

Putting patient data on phones introduces new privacy and security concerns

The recent push from both Apple and the CMS to give patients more control of their own health data stands to boost patient engagement, which most in the industry consider a good thing. But moving data outside of the relatively safe confines of an electronic health record adds another layer of risk and vulnerability.

As more parties gain access to the data, more avenues for breaches open up, potentially jeopardizing not just information security but also patient privacy. Bad actors can now target not only EHR systems but also patients’ phones, where health data reside.

Source: Putting patient data on phones introduces new privacy and security concerns – Modern Healthcare

Can Police Use a Dead Man’s Finger to Unlock His iPhone? Sometimes.

Dead men have no privacy rights. But they can sometimes unlock their iPhones with fingerprint authentication.

As Forbes reported on March 22nd, in November 2016, about seven hours after Abdul Razak Ali Artan had mowed down a group of people in his car, gone on a stabbing spree with a butcher’s knife and been shot dead by a police officer on the grounds of Ohio State University, an FBI agent applied the bloodied body’s index finger to the iPhone found on the deceased.

Source: Can Police Use a Dead Man’s Finger to Unlock His iPhone? Sometimes.

Apple CEO Tim Cook slams Facebook: Privacy ‘is a human right, it’s a civil liberty’

When asked what he would do if he were Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Cook replied: “I wouldn’t be in this situation.”

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook on Wednesday slammed Facebook for profiting from its users’ data — and called for the social media giant to be more tightly regulated.

Source: Apple CEO Tim Cook slams Facebook: Privacy ‘is a human right, it’s a civil liberty’

Apple launches iOS 11.3 with raft of privacy features

Apple is launching a major privacy push, with software updates across all its devices to introduce new data privacy information immediately, with an updated website offering new privacy management tools to follow in May.

Thursday’s updates (macOS 10.13.4, iOS11.3 and tvOS 11.3) are prompted by the enormous new European data protection regulation GDPR, and have been in the works since at least January. But they come at a good time for the company, whose head Tim Cook has been merrily capitalising on the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal, publicly rebuking Mark Zuckerberg over the social network’s business model.

Source: Apple launches iOS 11.3 with raft of privacy features | Technology | The Guardian

2 Companies Claim they Can Unlock Newest iPhone

Now, leading mobile forensics firm Cellebrite and a second lesser-known company called Grayshift are offering to unlock iPhones running the latest iOS, all the way up to the cutting-edge iPhone X, for a much lower price per pop.

Last week, Forbes reported that Cellebrite could unlock iPhones running up to iOS 11.2.6, the latest version, and that Cellebrite’s price for unlocking iPhones was about $1,500. This is obviously considerably less than what the FBI paid to have Farook’s iPhone 5c running iOS 9 unlocked.

Source: Virtual Case Notes: Newest iPhones Can Now Be Unlocked for Forensic Examination, 2 Companies Claim

Cellebrite reportedly can unlock every iPhone Model

Israel-based Cellebrite reportedly privately announced the capability to subvert the security of iOS 11 enabled devices including the latest iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPod touch.

While the company hasn’t made a public announcement concerning its capabilities, anonymous sources told Forbes that in the last few months the company has developed undisclosed techniques to get into iOS 11 and is advertising them to law enforcement and private forensics firms across the globe.

Source: Cellebrite reportedly can unlock every iPhone Model

Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users’ iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other data stored in the cloud.

That’s because of a change to how the company handles the cryptographic keys needed to unlock an iCloud account. Until now, such keys have always been stored in the United States, meaning that any government or law enforcement authority seeking access to a Chinese iCloud account needed to go through the U.S. legal system.

Source: Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears

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