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Feds Battle Tech Companies Over Encryption

Paranoid iMessage users, take heart: Apple refused a court order to hand over real-time iMessage conversations to the Justice Department. The reason? Because not even Apple could decrypt them, so the company could not comply. However, Apple did hand over some messages stored in iCloud. Meanwhile, Microsoft is battling the Justice Department in court in a case that could determine just how much data tech companies are required to provide to law enforcement.favicon follow link


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James Thompson  2015-09-15 00:49
Does anyone know what "messages stored in iCloud" means? Aren't ALL iMessages stored in iCloud? Does this just mean that the Feds cannot get your messages as you send them, but they can get them once they wait an hour or so?
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-09-15 00:50
The article was vague, but it's been taken to mean messages backed up in iCloud.
Scott Rose  2015-09-18 12:30
It's rude and condescending for you to call privacy-minded individuals "paranoid". It is our basic human right & constitutional right to have private conversations. We have the right to be left alone by the government. We have the right to not be spied upon by an overreaching government. This is not paranoia. This is about freedom, liberty, privacy, and human rights.
Scott Rose  2015-09-18 12:42
Saying that "Privacy doesn't matter because I have nothing to hide" is like saying "Freedom of speech isn't important because I have nothing to say."
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-09-18 12:46
How do you know this usage equates "paranoid" with "privacy-minded"? Perhaps we were writing solely for "individuals who have a pervasive, persistent, and enduring mistrust of others, and a profoundly cynical view of others and the world," to quote DSM 5? :-)

Seriously, the fact that we covered this situation at all indicates that we agree it's a real issue. The wording was offhand - as much as we try, when you write as much as we do, not every word can be carefully considered for who might take some sort of exception. Sorry that applied to you in this case!
Josh Centers  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2015-09-18 12:55
I AM one of those paranoid iMessage users! You don't write 11 installments of "Keeping up with the Snoops" without being a little paranoid.