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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

EU to force tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ messages

The European commission is seeking to force technology companies wherever they are based in the EU to hand over emails, text messages and app communications of terror suspects within hours of a court order.

Under the plans, judges in one member state will be able to seize electronic evidence held on a service provider in another European country through a transnational European production order.

Source: EU to force tech firms to hand over terror suspects’ messages | World news | The Guardian

Russian court blocks popular messaging app in privacy row

A Russian court on Friday ordered the blocking of a popular messaging app, Telegram, after it rejected to share its encryption data with authorities.

The Moscow court on Friday ruled in favor of the Russian communications watchdog, which had demanded that Telegram be blocked in Russia until it hands over the keys to its encryption.

Source: Russian court blocks popular messaging app in privacy row

Australian bill to create back door into encrypted apps in ‘advanced stages’

The Australian government is pushing ahead with controversial legislation it says will create “back doors” into encrypted communication services – but still can’t say when it will introduce the bill.

After originally aiming to have the legislation before parliament in the first quarter of this year, the government has delayed its introduction. A spokesman for the acting attorney general, Marise Payne, would only say it was in “the advanced stages of development”.

Source: Australian bill to create back door into encrypted apps in ‘advanced stages’ | Technology | The Guardian

Most lawyers don’t understand cryptography. So why do they dominate tech policy debates?

On Wednesday, the Trump administration appointed the renowned computer science professor Ed Felten to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB). This is the first time that a nonlawyer has been appointed to the board, even though it has oversight responsibilities for a variety of complex technological issues.

The bias toward lawyers reflects a more general problem in the U.S. government. Lawyers dominate debates over privacy and technology policy, and people who have a deep understanding of the technological questions surrounding complex questions, such as cryptography, are often shut out of the argument.

Source: Most lawyers don’t understand cryptography. So why do they dominate tech policy debates? – The Washington Post

White Paper Points Out Just How Irresponsible ‘Responsible Encryption’

n recent months, both Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray have been calling for holes in encryption law enforcement can drive a warrant through.

Both have no idea how this can be accomplished, but both are reasonably sure tech companies can figure it out for them. And if some sort of key escrow makes encryption less secure than it is now, so be it. Whatever minimal gains in access law enforcement obtains will apparently offset the damage done by key leaks or criminal exploitation of a deliberately-weakened system.

Source: White Paper Points Out Just How Irresponsible ‘Responsible Encryption’ Is | Techdirt

The Argument Against a Mobile Device Backdoor for Government

The ‘responsible encryption’ demanded by law enforcement and some politicians will not prevent criminals ‘going dark’; will weaken cyber security for innocent Americans; and will have a hit on the U.S. economy. At the same time, there are existing legal methods for law enforcement to gain access to devices without requiring new legislation.

These are the conclusions of Riana Pfefferkorn, cryptography fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at the Stanford Law School in a paper published Tuesday titled, The Risks of “Responsible Encryption”.

Source: The Argument Against a Mobile Device Backdoor for Government | SecurityWeek.Com

Digital rights groups call for government to back away from encryption crackdown

Australian digital rights organisations have called for the data retention scheme to be suspended and for the government to back away from any move to undermine the use of encryption.

Source: Digital rights groups call for government to back away from encryption crackdown – Computerworld

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