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Microsoft, Google, Facebook to U.K.: Don’t weaken encryption

Microsoft, Google, Facebook to U.K.: Don’t weaken encryption

Microsoft, Google and Facebook are urging U.K. officials not to undermine encryption as they work on laws that would authorize forcing communications service providers to decrypt customer traffic. In a joint written submission to the U.K. Parliament the three U.S.-based companies lay down several areas of concern, which, if not addressed, they say could damage their businesses and leave them caught in legal crossfires among the many countries where they do business. The companies say they don’t want the U.K….

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Microsoft may have your encryption key:here’s how to take it back

Microsoft may have your encryption key:here’s how to take it back

As happens from time to time, somebody hasspotted a feature in Windows 10 that isn’t actually new and has largely denounced it as a great privacy violation. The Intercept has written that if you have bought a Windows PC recently then Microsoft probably has your encryption key. This is a reference to Windows’ device encryption feature. We wrote about this feature when it was new, back when Microsoft introduced it in Windows 8.1 in 2013 (and before that, in Windows…

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Microsoft releases encryption tech for bioinformatics

Microsoft releases encryption tech for bioinformatics

Allows researchers to work on data securely. Microsoft has released tools that allow bioinformatics researchers to work on genome data sets securely to protect privacy. Genomic data is becoming available in increasing amounts as gene sequencing becomes easier, cheaper and faster, and is used for several new applicaitons such as predicting the occurrence and survival of cardiovascular disease. Hospitals, clinics, companies and other insitutions are faced with handling large amounts of such data securely, to ensure the privacy of subjects,…

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Argument over strong encryption reaches boiling point as Apple, Microsoft rebuff court orders for data access

Argument over strong encryption reaches boiling point as Apple, Microsoft rebuff court orders for data access

A long-running debate concerning recent advances in consumer data encryption came to a head this summer when Apple rebuffed a Justice Department court order demanding access to iMessage transcripts, causing some in the law enforcement community to call for legal action against the company. Over the summer Apple was asked to furnish real-time iMessage communications sent between two suspects in an investigation involving guns and drugs, reports The New York Times. The company said it was unable to provide such…

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