Government agencies, like FBI, will lobby for snooping 'backdoor' nonetheless
FBI Director James Comey, a vocal advocate for forcing computer manfacturers to install "backdoors" in computers so that various law-enforcement and spy agencies can gain unfettered access to US and foreign citizens' data, announced on Friday that the Obama administration had opted not to force tech companies to decrypt encrypted communications and files in testimony before Congress. Comey added that talks with tech companies about how to help with law enforcement had, however, become "more productive."
In digital world, boundaries for countries, law enforcement mean little
As has been predicted for some time, the US government is clashing with technology companies over the encryption of personal data when it comes to law enforcement. The Justice Department is accusing Apple of disobeying a court order that it turn over text messages, in real time, between suspects in a guns-and-drugs case who are using iPhones. Apple has said the messages are encrypted without third-party keys, and thus it cannot comply with the order. Microsoft is also fighting the government, over whether emails stored outside the US should be given to US officials.
Accused of DDoS against PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, swatting attempts
Another arrest has been made in the United Kingdom, over distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on Sony's PlayStation Network and Microsoft's Xbox Live online services, as well as instances of "swatting." An unidentified 18-year-old man was arrested in Southport this morning, with computers and other electronic devices seized by law enforcement officials for further investigation.
All Writs Act compels 'reasonable' unlock assistance, gives idea of future circumvention
In the face of increasing security measures on consumer devices, the US Department of Justice appears to be returning to old school tactics to get at data in devices. A judge in New York ordered an unnamed smartphone manufacturer to provide technical assistance in unlocking a device, something prosecutors argued under the All Writs Act of 1789. While the All Writs Act has been used in the past in technological situations, it could be the de facto means of law enforcement data requests in the future.
Comey seeking update to CALEA to give law enforcement a 'front door' into devices
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey isn't giving up his crusade to persuade the government and businesses that law enforcement should have access to encrypted phone data. Comey took his fight to Congress recently, asking that it update the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) to cover newer technologies.
Agency thinks Android L, iOS 8 security put consumer security ahead of law enforcement
Addressing reporters in Washington today, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey voiced his concerns over the recent shifts in security policy for Android and iOS 8. Specifically, Comey believes that the new security encryption measures that cannot be bypassed for law enforcement puts consumers before possible emergency situations.
New bill gives information same protection as material goods under law
In the shadow of Microsoft's dispute with the US Department of Justice, Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dean Heller (R-NV), and Senate Judiciary Committee member Chris Coons (D-DE) have proposed legislation to codify law enforcement access to citizen's data stored internationally. The bill, titled the Law Enforcement Access to Data Stored Abroad Act, seeks to authorize the use of extraterritorial search warrants, but vacate said warrants if it requires parties involved to break the laws of a country to do so.
Google tipped NCMEC, police over potential child pornography images
Google has aided in the arrest of a registered sex offender, caught by the scanning of files stored in his Gmail account. A tip from Google to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) over potential illegal content led to Houston police obtaining a search warrant, with law enforcement later finding more evidence and arresting the individual.
Analysts believe it could take 20 years to solve data search and seizure issues
Last month, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that law enforcement agencies would need a warrant to access information on a cell phone in criminal cases. While the ruling was thought to be an outright win for privacy, it appears that the fight isn't over yet. Law enforcement agencies and advocacy groups are decrying the ruling, believing the need for a warrant to search held devices to be too strong a requirement. Analysts, on the other hand, believe that the fight could take 20 years to sort out.
US carriers bring free service to cellular devices, FCC still urges voice contact
Starting May 15, the four major US carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon -- will offer support for the text-to-911 service, that allows those in an emergency to send text messages in circumstances where a phone call may not be possible. Even though the service will be active, not all areas will have it available, as local law enforcement systems will still need to adopt the system for it be accessible.
Device may offer advantages to patrolling officers
One of the largest police departments in the United States is said to be experimenting with Google Glass as a way to give officers more tools in the field. The New York Police Department is looking into the idea of the everyday use of the device for widespread law enforcement applications; something of a reversal compared to how other law enforcement organizations currently handle the device.
United States, United Kingdom performs most requests
Microsoft has published its first Law Enforcement Requests Report, showing how many requests for customer data it received from various security agencies around the world. The effort by Microsoft for transparency, part of its Global Human Rights Statement, mirrors a similar effort by Google and its Transparency Report, with both attempting to demonstrate which governments want to affect the Internet and its users the most.
Proposal will come under full debate and vote in 2013 sessions
An amendment proposed in 2011 to require warrants for law enforcement to eavesdrop on email communications, modifying the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)from 1986 has been approved in a vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee today. The unamended law allows law enforcement to swear an administrative subpoena after email had been read by the recipient to retrieve it from a server, declaring only that the information was relevant to an investigation, with no requirement to name the investigation. The amendment to the law will go before the House and Senate for debate and vote in 2013.
Brief order points to the Fourth Amendment
United States District Judge Lynn Hughes has issued an order that bars law enforcement agencies from obtaining cellphone tracking data without first obtaining a warrant. The judge argues that the government cannot use the Stored Communications Act as a legal justification to force cellular carriers to relinquish cellphone location data without probable cause.
Escort surpasses Cobra in smartphone integration
Many electronic devices now work directly with smartphones, including radar detectors that help users avoid expensive encounters with law enforcement. Electronista had a chance to try out Escort Live, a new service that aims to provide a deeper level of smartphone integration than Cobra's iRadar system.
Company discloses thousands of user accounts
Google claims to have refused government requests to remove videos showing police brutality, however the search giant complied with the vast majority of inquiries regarding user data. Law enforcement agencies in the US made a total of 5,950 requests for user data between January and June, involving more than 11,000 separate accounts, marking a significant year-over-year increase.
MobileWorks DE released by SteelCloud
With the help of a grant from the National Institute of Justice, ATC will be offering free peer-to-peer and Mac forensic training for US State and Local Law enforcement. Upcoming courses are set to take place in Fort Collins, CO on September 15th, Portland, ME on October 18th, and Fort Worth, TX on November 1st and 2nd. In addiction to general training, P2P Marshal and Mac Marshal are provided to participants at no charge. P2P Marshal can automatically detect, extract and analyze P2P evidence on a hard drive, while Mac Marshal analyzes Mac OS X file system images.
Government might shut down sites in emergencies
At a special session of Parliament Thursday morning, UK Prime Minister David Cameron blamed social media sites for the way they were used to organize riots in London and other cities in England this week. Cameron suggested allowing law enforcement to track activity on social media sites to prevent them from being used to plot "violence, disorder and criminality." RIM reportedly had been cooperating with police before Cameron made his remarks.