law enforcement

iOS 11 Lets You Quickly Disable Touch ID to Keep the Cops Out

In iOS 11, Apple is adding an easy way to quickly disable Touch ID. A new setting, which designed to automate emergency services calls, lets iPhone users tap the power button quickly five times to call 911. The feature does not automatically call emergency services, but it brings up the option to. In addition, the...

Leaked Documents Show How Much iPhone Data Cellebrite Can Access

State police departments in the U.S. have spent millions of dollars on phone cracking technology from the Israeli firm Cellebrite. Now, leaked documents show just how much the forensic tool can access. Cellebrite is an Israeli forensic research tool that allows its users to crack cellphones, or more specifically the retrieval of mobile data. The […]

Report: BlackBerry Routinely Hands Over BBM Messages to Assist Police

A new report from CBC News suggests BlackBerry has been "enthusiastically" helping law enforcement agencies across dozens of countries. An investigation conducted by CBC News found that a "specialized unit" inside BlackBerry has been cooperating with law enforcement agencies for years. In fact, the publication cited "a number of insiders" who confirmed the findings and...

Apple’s FBI Backdoor Court Order Being Watched Carefully by Canada

The decision by a U.S. court ordering Apple to create a backdoor into iPhones is being watched carefully in Canada. The outcome of the court order could greatly impact Canada, where privacy and technology experts say the debate around encryption has been alarmingly quiet despite its potentially far-reaching consequences. In an interview Tamir Israel, a lawyer...

Apple Publishes US Guidelines for Law Enforcement Data Requests

Apple has updated its Legal Process Guidelines for US Law Enforcement on May 7, providing details on how it will handle law enforcement requests for user information, what type of information can be shared, and more (via 9to5Mac). According to the updated document, Apple may only obtain information from its own apps, and that includes...