Apple is preparing for a fight with the Justice Department to defend encryption on its iPhones while publicly trying to defuse the dispute. The situation has become a sudden crisis at Apple that pits CEO Timothy Cook’s commitment to protecting people’s privacy against federal accusations that it is putting the public at risk.
“I wish our leadership would look at the science and not at the hysteria,” said Lancaster, Ca., Mayor R. Rex Parris, whose city is working to install 10,000 streetlight cameras he says could monitor pedophiles and gang members.
New York City’s Legal Aid Society realized it needed to buy the same tools the police had: forensic devices and software from companies including Cellebrite, Magnet Forensics and Guidance Software. The expensive technology unearths digital evidence that is otherwise hard to find, and it captures it in a format that can hold up in court.
A speech Monday by Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen pointed toward heightened interest “end-to-end encryption,” which makes it nearly impossible for law enforcement and spy agencies to get access to people’s digital communications.
The technology used in many roadside breath tests generates skewed results with alarming frequency, even though they are marketed as precise to the third decimal place. Judges in Massachusetts and New Jersey have thrown out more than 30,000 breath tests in the past year,