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Tag Archives: iPhone

Can Hackers Access Your Data by Copying Your Fingerprints?

Posted in Privacy Law
Unlocking your iPhone using biometrics (“fingerprint”) authentication is undoubtedly convenient, but have you considered the cost—the security tradeoffs you make in exchange for that added convenience? Although privacy and Fourth Amendment laws among the states are still very much in flux, it’s no longer just the police you have to worry about accessing your data. Digital photo technology… Continue Reading

Government “Appeals” Judge Orenstein’s Ruling

Posted in Litigation & Appeals, Privacy Law, Technology Law
The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (that’s Brooklyn, for everyone in the rest of the world) has filed an “appeal” of Magistrate Judge James Orenstein’s order denying its motion to compel Apple to develop software to bypass the security measures built into iOS to withstand a brute force attack. Why is “appeal”… Continue Reading

The Government’s War on Encryption, Backdoors, and What in the World Would Antonin Scalia Do?

Posted in Internet & Media Law, Privacy Law, Technology Law
Earlier this week, the anti-encryption discussion got elevated to a war. No, a federal court judge did not order Apple to crack the encryption on the dead terrorist’s iPhone 5C, though you’d be forgiven if that’s what you heard or believed, since mainstream media outlets as big as NBC are reporting it that way. Thanks to Mike Masnick (@mmasnick) at… Continue Reading

Über Policy Updates Raises Privacy Concerns

Posted in Privacy Law
I’m a huge fan of Über — the mobile app that gives you instant access to a chauffeured Town Car, SUV, or eco-friendly hybrid vehicle, 24 hours a day, in over 300 cities worldwide. As an Internet & privacy law attorney, however, I’ve had to convince myself to look the other way regarding its privacy policy, which permits the… Continue Reading

Ed Snowden: The Government Can Own Your Cell Phone

Posted in Privacy Law
Although the U.S. government probably wants us to think it’s yesterday’s news, last month NBC News broadcast an exclusive hour-long interview with Brian Williams and the most wanted man in the world—Edward Snowden—in his first ever American television interview. In case you missed it (it ran at 10 p.m. EST on Weds. May 28), the… Continue Reading

It’s good to own an iPhone—especially if you don’t live in Minnesota

Posted in Privacy Law, Technology Law
While Congress mulls over proposed federal legislation that would require smartphone manufacturers to incorporate a “kill switch” feature in all new devices sold, Minnesota just beat them to punch, becoming the first state to enact such a law. The so-called kill switch is a feature that would allow devices to be completely disabled—remotely—as a way… Continue Reading