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Should you disable Touch ID for your own security?

Judges in the U.S. have ordered people to unlock their fingerprint-locked phones. Coercion by others remains an issue.

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Why your iPhone-unlocking fingerprint is susceptible to FBI search warrants

A judge is forcing a woman to unlock an iPhone with her fingerprints, but does this violate the Constitution?

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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.”

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.

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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.

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Apple to pay $24.9 million to settle Siri patent lawsuit

Apple has agreed to pay $24.9 million to a patent holding company to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing the tech giant's Siri digital assistant of infringing one of its patents.

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Europe files antitrust charges against Google over Android's licensing requirements

The European Commission on Wednesday made new antitrust charges against Google, alleging that the company foisted its search application and the Chrome browser on Android smartphones makers as a condition to license its other apps and services.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft pursue strong security, but differing notions of privacy

Giant corporations are now swinging their power in favor of users, but each approach doesn't yield the same outcome.

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Apple hires NFL lobbyist and former Biden aide to oversee public policy

The company just picked a pro to look out for its interests on Capitol Hill.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.