Is the government waging an out-of-sight fight with Apple on encryption?

Fortune:

The Justice Department and Apple have been locked in a bitter fight for years over the company’s encryption system, which allows consumers to prevent anyone —including law enforcement—from opening their devices without permission. That’s why a security story this week should be getting more attention than it has.

Titled “Yup: The Government Is Secretly Hiding Its Crypto Battles In The Secret FISA Court,” the story appeared on the well-regarded security blog EmptyWheel, and suggests the Justice Department is using a legal backdoor to force open software backdoors at companies like Apple.

I don’t know enough about the issues involved to answer the question in the headline but even the appearance that this might be actually happening sets my teeth on edge.



  • JimCracky

    Trump

    • Mo

      It didn’t originate with him.

      • drx1

        the “illegal” state …

  • There’s a good way to find out. Ask Apple. If they don’t say anything, that means it’s happening. They did the canary in a coal mine a few years back where they denied they had been so involved, and they also said if they were, they would not deny it. I haven’t heard them deny it for a while, so here’s your chance. Ask.

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  • drx1

    “The Justice Department and Apple have been locked in a bitter fight for years over the company’s encryption system…” And J Sessions could be worse than Eric Holder. Let that sink in! On a positive note, the current President likes firing people!

    • Maybe Sessions can avoid it by playing possum!

    • Mo

      You have a very short memory.