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Apple confirms that it will seal up law enforcement’s favorite iPhone cracking method – TechCrunch

June 13, 2018

A new version of iOS will block a controversial loophole that law enforcement agencies have leveraged in order to crack into locked iPhones. In an upcoming version of iOS (likely iOS 12), Apple will include a feature known as USB Restricted Mode, which limits access to a locked iPhone through its USB port. The feature […]

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A simple solution to end the encryption debate – TechCrunch

May 20, 2018

Bill Harrington Contributor Criminals and terrorists, like millions of others, rely on smartphone encryption to protect the information on their mobile devices. But unlike most of us, the data on their phones could endanger lives and pose a great threat to national security. The challenge for law enforcement, and for us as a society, is […]

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A free web tool can predict your hair, skin, and eye color from DNA data – TechCrunch

May 14, 2018

A new tool by researchers at the School of Science at IUPUI and Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam in the Netherlands can predict your hair, skin, and eye color from your DNA data. The system, which is essentially a web app that can accept DNA sequences, compares known color phenotypes to known data and […]

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UK surveillance regime dealt another blow in court – TechCrunch

April 27, 2018

The UK government has suffered yet another defeat in the courts over a surveillance regime that critics have dubbed a ‘Snooper’s charter’. Today the UK High Court agreed with several aspects of digital and civil rights group Liberty’s crowdfunded legal challenge to a portion of the UK’s 2016 Investigatory Powers Act that gives the state […]

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Supreme Court dismisses warrant case against Microsoft after CLOUD Act renders it moot – TechCrunch

April 17, 2018

A long-running legal battle between the U.S. government and Microsoft has been dismissed by the Supreme Court (PDF) after the crux of the conflict was mooted by recent legislation. The company will now be forced to provide data stored on servers in Ireland that it had previously said should be obtained through that country’s authorities. […]

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Making policing more responsive, SPIDR Tech raises $2.5 million – TechCrunch

April 6, 2018

Across the country, police brutality and the series of fatal shootings of mostly black men have soured many on the role that police officers play in the community. To combat those negative assessments, police forces are turning to an array of new technologies, such as body cameras, new communications technologies and social media monitoring services […]

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