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Apple lifts two-month ban on iOS Telegram updates

In April, Russia imposed an official ban on the messaging app, Telegram. Russia ordered Apple to remove the app from the App Store, and since the order, Telegram updates on iOS were banned worldwide. Now finally, two months later, that ban has been lifted. Pavel Durov, CEO of Telegram, revealed …

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British companies to face big fines if data breaches occur

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Despite being inclined to have firms collect endless amounts of data on their customers, the British government does at least want them to protect it. Accepting a new EU law, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), means that when introduced in 2018, British firms will be mandated to …

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Courts order Mega to hand over U.S. user data

Kim Dotcom’s second file locker project (now disowned), Mega, has been hit with a court order in the U.S. demanding that the site hand over the user information for certain accounts. This comes after sensitive, foreign government documents were found on the site after a hack. This court action could be …

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Whatsapp now has desktop Windows and Mac clients

WhatsApp, the encrypted chat service owned by Facebook, has expanded its potential user base by a huge number, by introducing desktop clients for both Mac and Windows operating systems. The platform is now available to most technological users, also offering a web-app and the (now) traditional smartphone applications. The idea with …

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White House refuses to back anti-encryption legislation

The Obama administration will not be backing legislation that would allow judges to force companies like Apple to weaken the security of their hardware and software in order to facilitate snooping. While President Obama’s personal opinion seems to still be in favour of this sort of bill, clearly there is …

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Encryption finds ally in form of U.S. senator Ron Wyden

Often it seems that politicians are either wilfully ignorant, or unconsciously so, about encryption, with the legislative changes they propose almost always railing against the obfuscating technology. Not so with all of them though, as U.S. senator Ron Wyden has promised to protect it by fighting against a push to …

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U.S. DOJ and Facebook/WhatsApp may clash over encryption

As the case of the FBI against Apple continues to draw eyeballs and backing for both camps from various parties, Facebook and its WhatsApp service may have their own clash with the U.S. legal system. The Department of Justice is struggling with a case where a wiretap cannot be performed …

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Apple receives further court support from Lavabit

Once upon-a-time encrypted email service, Lavabit, has thrown its lot in to support Apple in its ongoing legal dispute with the FBI and American government over weakening iPhone security. Although not called on by the court to do so, it submitted an amicus brief, explaining just why it believes the authorities should …

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Apple to fight US order to build iPhone encryption backdoor

Earlier this morning, news spread that the FBI has given Apple a court order to help them break the security on the iPhone previously owned by the deceased gunman behind the San Bernardino attacks last year. Now, Apple is formally contesting the order and has said that it will fight the …

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Hillary Clinton’s emails are now searchable by all

For someone who has been quite vocal about wanting the U.S. to have the ability to break encryption, democratic presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, made quite an effort to hide her work-related emails on a private server. That server has now been opened up though, and as the State department wades …

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British MPs critical of new Investigatory Powers Bill

Despite David Cameron and Theresa May calling for a better insight into the websites we visit with the potentially fast tracked Investigatory Powers Bill, a committee of politicians has warned that it lacks clarity, not defining key points. It warned that if the tech-firms that must be complicit in the …

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Information commissioner attacks UK’s new Snooper’s Charter

Independent public data rights authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), has attacked plans by the government to push through the Investigatory Powers Bill, often called the Snooper’s Charter. It claims that there is little justification for some of the measures it wishes to push through and claims that it weakens …

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U.S. technology group rejects calls for encryption weakening

One of the less surprising outcomes of the Paris Attacks last week, was governments and intelligence agencies around the world citing it as a prime example of why they need more resources and better access to civilian communications and browsing histories. While in the U.K. the government has discussed bringing …

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Apple opposes Investigatory Powers Bill encryption weakening

Last week a draft of the Investigatory Powers Bill was released by the British government, showing that it had roped in some of the Snooper’s Charter Clauses into the new piece of anti-terror legislature. While it would have ISPs keep records on every customer’s internet history for over a year, …

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