Academic Writing

Exigent Circumstances: iOS 12’s USB Restricted Mode and Warrantless iPhone Access

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
June 22, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Apple recently confirmed the introduction of a new feature called “USB Restricted Mode” in the latest version of the iPhone’s mobile operating system, iOS 12. If enabled in the user’s settings, USB Restricted Mode will disable data transfer from the iPhone over the Lightning cable once the phone has been locked for an hour unless the phone’s password is entered. Read more about Exigent Circumstances: iOS 12’s USB Restricted Mode and Warrantless iPhone Access

The EWI Encryption Report: Stop Trying to Sell Me a Shoebox

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
March 7, 2018
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Which would you prefer: keeping your valuables in a locked safe, or keeping them in a shoebox and trusting that everyone will adhere to laws against theft and their concomitant penalties? Most, if not all, of us will choose the former. That’s so even if we realize that safe-crackers may ultimately find a way someday to bust open even the most top-of-the-line safe currently on offer. Read more about The EWI Encryption Report: Stop Trying to Sell Me a Shoebox

The Burr-Feinstein Crypto Bill Would Gut Our Cybersecurity

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
April 26, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

In the name of saving cybersecurity, a new bill before Congress would kill cybersecurity. On April 13, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released an official draft of their long-awaited anti-encryption bill. The sponsors of the “Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016” (CCOA) call it an innocuous law-and-order measure to ensure that American companies comply with court orders. In truth, it is a technologically tone-deaf and downright dangerous piece of legislation. Read more about The Burr-Feinstein Crypto Bill Would Gut Our Cybersecurity

James Comey’s Default-Encryption Bogeyman

Author(s): 
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
January 15, 2016
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

FBI Director James Comey recently told the Senate Judiciary Committee that encryption routinely poses a problem for law enforcement. He stated that encryption has “moved from being available [only] to the sophisticated bad guy to being the default. So it’s now affecting every criminal investigation that folks engage in.” Read more about James Comey’s Default-Encryption Bogeyman

A Quick Update: Apple, Privacy, and the All Writs Act of 1789

Author(s): 
Jennifer Granick
Riana Pfefferkorn
Publication Date: 
October 30, 2015
Publication Type: 
Other Writing

Here’s the latest in the encryption case we’ve been writing about in which the Justice Department is asking Magistrate Judge James Orenstein to order Apple to unlock a criminal defendant’s passcode-protected iPhone. The government seized and has authority to search the phone pursuant to a search warrant. Read more about A Quick Update: Apple, Privacy, and the All Writs Act of 1789

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