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May 13, 2017  11:40 PM

Another Judge Rules on Smartphone Encryption

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, Security, smartphone

Courts are still trying to decide if law enforcement can make you unlock your smartphone, with some ruling one way and some ruling the other. In the most recent case, they ruled that you have to. And, for once, it wasn’t a case involving

December 30, 2016  10:19 AM

‘Rogue One’ Data Storage — a Cautionary Tale

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, Storage, User interface design

The problem with being a storage nerd is it makes it pretty difficult to enjoy the movies. In this day and age, too many movie plots hinge on computers and data, and moviemakers typically aren’t geeks, so it’s way too easy to lose your suspension of disbelief based on bonehead errors. Take...


November 29, 2016  12:29 AM

What Will be the Trump Effect on Data Storage?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security, Storage

The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States could have some really interesting implications for data storage, data sovereignty, and encryption. If by “interesting” you mean Really Scary and Bad. The Internet Association, a group of about 40 Internet vendors including...


July 31, 2016  4:00 PM

Eek! Laptops Full of ISIS Sexually Explicit Material!

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security

You could call it Porn Wars. The U.S. conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being fought not on the battlefield – to the extent there even is a battlefield with the guerilla-focused organization – but also psychologically, using pornography. For example, the activist...


May 31, 2016  10:49 PM

Fearing Government Warrants, Firms Ditching Client Data

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security

In this day and age of “big data,” where many companies are trying to collect more and more data about their customers so they can analyze it to serve them better or sell them more stuff, some Silicon Valley companies are trying the opposite tactic: Jettisoning as much customer data as...


May 13, 2016  11:10 PM

Man Jailed for Forgetting an Encryption Passcode

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security

It’s like one of those nightmares where you keep trying to type in a password and it doesn’t work. Except in this case, it’s real life, and a man has been in jail for seven months – without being charged – for forgetting an encryption passcode. Francis Rawls, a former sergeant in the...


April 28, 2016  11:13 PM

Yet Another Set of Terrorists Fails to Use Encryption

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, government, privacy, Security

Government officials have been using recent terrorist attacks to try to justify limiting the use of encryption. You may recall, for example, that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently


February 19, 2016  3:03 PM

FBI Finds ‘Perfect Test Case’ to Force Apple iPhone Encryption Issue

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, FBI, iPhone, privacy, Security, smartphone

Okay, it’s another government vs. encrypted smartphone situation. But this one is different. Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik, who last...


January 22, 2016  3:02 PM

California, New York Put Forth Useless Phone Encryption Bills

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, Google, phone, Security, smartphone

California and New York are each attempting to pass bills that they claim will help protect people against crime, but in reality would likely simply eliminate a source of sales tax revenue from the state: Each is putting forth a bill that would forbid smartphones with unbreakable encryption to be...


December 29, 2015  6:04 PM

Governments, Old Tech, Acquisitions: 2015 Storage Trends

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Encryption, privacy, Security, Storage

The interesting thing about looking over an entire year’s worth of stories at once is that things that seemed like a single event at the time turn out to be part of a larger arc. Yes, the storage industry is like a Game of Thrones season. Who knew. If you’ve been around reporters...


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