Don't-Miss Government Stories

iPhone 5c

It's official: FBI won't share its secret iPhone hack with Apple

The FBI claims it doesn't actually know how its iPhone-hacking tool works, so it can't share the method with Apple.

78a7887 upload

India makes it compulsory for phones to have 'panic buttons'

India has mandated that starting next year mobile phones in the country should have buttons that can be quickly used by women to alert police and close relatives if they are in distress.

Generic snap for court issues

US no longer requires Apple's help to crack iPhone in New York case

The U.S. no longer requires Apple’s assistance to unlock an iPhone 5s phone running iOS 7 used by the accused in a drug investigation, stating that an “individual provided the passcode to the iPhone at issue in this case.”

Apple logo from inside Apple Store in Boston

Apple’s iBooks Store and iTunes Movies shut down by Chinese government

A Chinese regulator is said to have ordered Apple to shut down its iBooks Store and iTunes Movies only six months after the services were launched in the country.

The FBI paid more than $1 million to hack the San Bernardino iPhone

FBI Director James Comey still won't say who hacked the San Bernardino iPhone for the FBI, or how the hack works, but we now know it was expensive.

160420 google android

Europe charges Google over Android licensing conditions

The European Commission has alleged demands by Google on phone makers regarding its Android operating system are anti-competitive.

apple cupertino american flag fbi

Looking for common ground in Apple vs. the FBI

In today's congressional subcommittee hearing, Apple and the FBI highlighted the ways they do work together already, but couldn't agree on a path forward.

Apple iPhone passcode ID

Lawmakers call for middle ground on law enforcement access to encryption

Technology vendors and law enforcement agencies need to look for a compromise that allows police to gain access to encrypted devices during criminal investigations, some lawmakers urged.

iphone security

Apple rebuts DOJ's appeal in N.Y. meth dealer's iPhone case

Apple opposed the Department of Justice's renewed demand that it assist investigators in accessing a drug dealer's iPhone, arguing that the government has not proved the company's help is required

FBI Comey

Apple probably won’t find out how the FBI hacked the San Bernardino iPhone

And the iPhone 5c in question hasn’t yielded significant evidence in the crime, according to a report.

iPhone 5c

FBI reportedly bought exploit from hackers to access San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI reportedly paid professional hackers a one-time fee for a previously unknown vulnerability that allowed the agency to unlock the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook.

ios erase data feature iphone fbi

Unsealed court order shows Apple was ordered to unlock a phone in Boston too

The ACLU is pushing for more transparency in the government's use of the All Writs Act to compel Apple and Google to unlock smartphones for law enforcement.

apple fbi

Proposed U.S. law would require tech companies to help defeat encryption

A proposal from two senior U.S. senators would force tech companies to give technical assistance to law enforcement agencies trying to break into encrypted devices.

apple fbi

White House won't support encryption unlocking legislation

President Barack Obama's administration won't support legislation to force device makers to help law enforcement agencies defeat encryption, according to a news report.

FBI Comey

FBI says hack tool only works on iPhone 5c

FBI Director James Comey said late Wednesday at Kenyon College that a tool that the agency bought to crack the iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino killer only works on the iPhone 5c running iOS 9.

Apple iPhone 5C (3)

FBI takes heat for keeping iPhone hack details under wraps

Criticism is mounting as the agency is reportedly trying its iPhone cracking method on more devices.