Update on Apple legal challenges (with Harry Potter #cyberpathogen reference)

Update on Apple legal challenges (with Harry Potter #cyberpathogen reference)

Last year, the United Nations called personal encryption a necessary condition for civic life in the digital age. That was last year. This year, Apple is fighting the U.S. Department of Justice over this very issue: personal encryption. Quite a bit of good news this week, with one unfathomable bit to take us into the weekend. Let's start with the head-scratching, laughter-enducing bit from the end of the week, shall we? ArsTechnica reported this head-scratching story Thursday https://twitter.com/arstechnica/status/705581792988958720 Jonathan Zdziarski, a prominent iPhone forensics expert, said in a telephone interview that the district attorney is suggesting that a "magical unicorn might exist on this phone" ... https://twitter.com/JZdziarski/status/705719822382985217 In a follow-up e-mail [to Ars], Zdziarski added: "This reads as an amicus designed to mislead the courts into acting irrationally in an attempt to manipulate a decision in the FBI's favor. It offers no evidence whatsoever that the device has, or even might have,…continue reading →