Mike Masnick Explains: Apple Versus The FBI

from the in-case-you-were-wondering dept

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While the DOJ may be thinking about ways to weasel out of the San Bernardino fight with Apple, the underlying fight about backdooring encryption remains. The DOJ may focus on other cases, such as the one in NY, where the facts line up a bit more in its favor, or elsewhere. Or we may soon see legislation to backdoor encryption.

We've seen so much confusion and misinformation going around, that I thought it might be useful to create a short "explainer video" that shows why this is such a big deal, and why everyone should be supporting Apple, in this case, against the Justice Department (and against any legislation that requires backdoors). Please check it out and share it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Mar 2016 @ 6:26pm

    Re: FBI Needs to Get Back to Old Fashioned Footwork

    FBI can follow-up on those leads by getting information from the phone company.
    I really don't want to stray too far away from talking about Mike's Explainer video here.

    But there's some info that people who haven't been following the story super closely may have missed earlier. So I'll repeat it—

    NSA chief: ‘Paris would not have happened’ without encrypted apps”, by Michael Isikoff, Yahoo, Feb 17, 2016
    In an exclusive interview with Yahoo News . . . [National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers] confirmed for the first time that the law was used successfully by the NSA after the San Bernardino terror attack to retrieve the phone records of the two perpetrators, and the agency “didn’t find any direct overseas connections.”
    (Emphasis added.)

    Awhile ago, Marcy Wheeler was banging on this factoid a little bit. (“Amid an Inconclusive Answer on Encryption, Hillary Reveals She Doesn’t Understand How Metadata Works”, Emptywheel, Mar 7, 2016.)
    Right in the middle, however, Hillary reveals not understanding a key part of this controversy. To the extent Syed Rizwan Farook used the Apple software on his work phone to communicate with accomplices, we know who he communicated with, because we have that metadata (as Admiral Mike Rogers recently confirmed). We just don’t know what he said.

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