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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 4:41 am

Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff

 

The Justice Department is complaining that new encryption technology by Apple, Google and others makes it harder for police to gather evidence. Above, customers try Apple’s iPhone 6 in Beijing earlier this month.

The No. 2 official at the Justice Department delivered a blunt message last month to Apple Inc. executives: New encryption technology that renders locked iPhones impervious to law enforcement would lead to tragedy. A child would die, he said, because police wouldn’t be able to scour a suspect’s phone, according to people who attended the meeting.

At issue is new technology that Apple, Google Inc. and others have put in place recently to make their devices more secure. The companies say their aim is to satisfy consumer demands to protect private data.

But law-enforcement officials see it as a move in the wrong direction. The new encryption will make it much harder for the police, even with a court order, to look into a phone for messages, photos, appointments or contact lists, they say. Even Apple itself, if served with a court order, won’t have the key to decipher information encrypted on its iPhones.

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Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 at 4:30 am

Senate Narrowly Defeats Keystone XL Bill

Keystone Supporters Fall One Vote Short in 59-41 Tally; 60 Votes Needed for Passage

 

A depot used to store pipes for TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline in Gascoyne, N.D.

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