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Tim Cook pushes for strong encryption at White House summit

Tim Cook pushes for strong encryption at White House summit

As expected, Apple CEO Tim Cook urged White House and government officials to come to terms with strong encryption practices that protect consumer data, at one point saying such intentions should be stated publicly. Cook’s plea came during a cybersecurity summit held in San Jose, Calif., last week, where government officials met with Silicon Valley tech executives to discuss how best to stymie threats posed by non-state actors like ISIS, reports The Guardian. According to a follow-up report from The…

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Obama edges toward full support for encryption

Obama edges toward full support for encryption

President Obama recently called on the best minds in government, the tech sector and academia to help develop a policy consensus around “strong encryption” — powerful technologies that can thwart hackers and provide a profound new level of cybersecurity, but also put data beyond the reach of court-approved subpoenas. From Obama on down, government officials stressed that they are not asking the technology sector to build “back doors” that would allow law enforcement and intelligence agencies to obtain communications in…

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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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