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July 31, 2016  4:00 PM

Eek! Laptops Full of ISIS Porn!

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...


October 31, 2014  10:15 PM

Yes, Cops Can Make You Use Your Fingerprint to Unlock Your Phone

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

While courts are still arguing back and forth about whether people can be compelled to give up the encryption key for their laptops and other devices,...


September 30, 2014  10:57 PM

Will Only Outlaws Be Able to Have Smartphone Encryption?

Sharon Fisher Sharon Fisher Profile: Sharon Fisher
Apple, Encryption, Google

Now that Apple and Google have announced that they will incorporate encryption in smartphones by default, the question is how long law-abiding Americans will be allowed to continue to have encryption at all. In case you missed it, Apple announced on September 17 that future editions of the...


August 31, 2014  10:54 PM

What We Can Learn From the ‘ISIS Terror Laptop of Doom’

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

Our government loses so many laptops, it's kind of nice when the tables are turned once in a while. That said, a lot of people are talking about what's purported to be a laptop belonging to the Sunni jihadist group ISIS. You may recall in 2011, when


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