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Apple vs. FBI

Apple vs. FBI

Law enforcement officials continue to push for a new law that would ban secure communications in the interest of national security.

Now that the government has scrapped two controversial cases against Apple, will it continue to use the courts to win the battle over encryption?

Federal investigators say they know so little about the method used to crack the device, they won't submit it to the government's internal review process for disclosing cyber vulnerabilities in the public interest.

FBI Director James Comey insists that the hefty — but still ambiguous — fee was worth it, but he doesn’t see hacking as a solution to law enforcement’s encryption challenge.

A coalition representing Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Twitter is lobbying to defeat legislation that would force tech companies to weaken or alter the digital security of their products.

The company's top lawyer says Apple has not moved to bring iPhone-level encryption to its iCloud remote storage service. He also dismisses claims that Apple has secretly cooperated with the Chinese government.

A high ranking FBI official tells Congress that developing solutions to penetrate encrypted devices is too costly and sometimes requires expertise that the FBI does not have.

The next high-profile legal battle between Apple and the Justice Department is heating up, this time in Brooklyn.

“We have a tool that works on a narrow slice of phones,” FBI Director James Comey said, which may impact how the Justice Department approaches a pending New York case against Apple, and the larger encryption battle.

Will the secret method used by the FBI to gain access to a terrorist's iPhone in San Bernardino work on another confiscated iPhone used in a Brooklyn drug conspiracy?

A law enforcement official told BuzzFeed News the FBI sent the advisory to local authorities on Friday in order to provide them with "technical assistance."

Will the government follow through with its own review process and disclose the hack it used to access the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter?

The government says it is reviewing data recovered from the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, and will drop its case against Apple. "This case should never have been brought," Apple said.

After a mysterious third party approached the FBI with a method to gain access to the device, Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey said they still are not sure the exploit will work.

The Department of Justice's sudden and unexpected postponement of its courtroom battle with Apple is raising questions about the FBI's handling of the San Bernardino iPhone case.

Cybersecurity experts think they know how the FBI plans to unlock the phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters. What they aren't sure about is why it took the FBI this long to find an outside party to help.

Apple CEO Tim Cook: “We need to decide as a nation how much power the government should have over our data and over our privacy.”

After being asked by the Justice Department to allow more evidence to be presented, Judge Sheri Pym will allow both the government and Apple to question each other’s expert witnesses under oath.

In an interview with Time, Apple CEO Tim Cook talked about the company's stance in a high-stakes battle against the FBI and the Department of Justice over an encrypted iPhone.

In its latest legal filing in the San Bernardino iPhone case, Apple disputed the Justice Department’s claim that it has acquiesced to the demands of the Chinese government.

Apple on Tuesday once again urged a court to reject an order that it help federal investigators hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

The company responds to new DOJ claims that a terrorist’s iPhone could not have been backed up, despite the FBI’s reset “mistake.”

As Apple battles the FBI in court, the iPhone maker hopes to win over public opinion as well, educating consumers about the benefits of encryption and the complexity of global digital security.

Government lawyers are appealing a court ruling that found it could not force Apple to pull data from an iPhone in a New York drug case. Apple says the government's logic "would start us down a slippery slope that threatens everyone’s safety and privacy.”

Silicon Valley heavyweights have rallied to Apple’s side, railing against the government’s case in San Bernardino. But a national coalition of sheriffs and prosecutors has filed their own brief discrediting Apple's arguments and backing the FBI.

A lawyer representing some of the victims' families filed a friend of the court brief Thursday, siding with the Justice Department in the battle over a locked iPhone.

Sixteen Silicon Valley heavyweights signed onto an amicus brief in support of Apple, calling the U.S. government's demands unbounded “by any legal limits.”

A court order requiring Apple to help the FBI unlock one of the San Bernardino shooters' iPhones represents a grave security risk, a group of renowned technology experts argued in an amicus brief released Thursday

“Encryption allows for zones of privacy that enable all sorts of expression," the U.N. special rapporteur for freedom of expression writes in an amicus brief obtained by BuzzFeed News.

For the first time, Director James Comey acknowledged investigators made a mistake by resetting the Apple ID of one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

"This was a work phone. My wife also had an iPhone issued by the County and she did not use it for any personal communication," Salihin Kondoker wrote in a friend-of-the-court brief in Apple's legal dispute with the FBI.

The government’s request to force Apple to extract data from an encrypted iPhone was denied, which the company says strengthens its case in San Bernardino.

In testimony before lawmakers on Capitol Hill tomorrow, an Apple executive will say that the questions over encryption should be answered by Congress, not the courts.

A growing list of tech giants is vowing to file friend-of-the court briefs, defending Apple's position that the company should not be forced to hack into a confiscated iPhone.

"This is not a case about one isolated iPhone."

The FBI wants Apple to help it unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.

As Apple and the FBI battle in a high-stakes court case over privacy and the reach of law enforcement, two members of Congress say it's urgent to fast-track ... a year-long discussion on encryption.

As the FBI and Apple clash over unlocking one encrypted iPhone in San Bernardino, a new document reveals government plans to extract information from iOS devices in 12 other active cases in the U.S.

In an all-hands memo to Apple employees and a public Q&A, Tim Cook asked the Justice Department to withdraw a court order that would force Apple to unlock the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone, saying the company has already done everything within its power and the law to help in the case.

The government says Apple has helped it extract data from iPhones roughly 70 times in the past, but Apple has never done what a court is ordering it do now: create software to crack its own security features for the FBI. An FBiOS, if you will.

Apple executives face a court order to help create what the company calls a "backdoor" to the phone. [Update: San Bernardino County officials said the FBI had requested the Apple ID password reset of Syed Farook’s phone, which the FBI acknowledged Saturday night.]

“I am not a tech expert," Clinton says.

Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and other companies are part of the Reform Government Surveillance coalition, which issued the statement.

Former intelligence officers say technology exists that may let the FBI hack into an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters, without compelling Apple to help.

"It's a mistake to believe that there's a high degree of trust in Silicon Valley," says former DHS boss Michael Chertoff.

“Apple chose to protect a dead ISIS terrorist's privacy over the security of the American people," Sen. Tom Cotton says, while Sen. Dianne Feinstein vows to introduce a bill to force Apple to comply with a court order giving the FBI access to the San Bernardino shooters' phone.

Now, more than ever, privacy is Apple’s most important product.

A U.S. magistrate on Tuesday ordered Apple to assist federal investigators with unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terror attackers.

Apple's first media event of 2016 will occur one day prior to the company's March 22 showdown with the government over a motion that would compel it to help hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino terrorists.

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