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Why the FBI’s Apple iPhone Demands Are Rotten to the Core

The U.S. government’s attempt to invoke a centuries-old law to obtain a court order to require Apple to create a program that would allow it to break the security safeguards on the iPhone used by a San Bernardino terrorist has sparked an enormous outcry from the technology, privacy, and security communities.

For U.S. officials, a terrorism related rationale for creating encryption backdoors or weakening user security represents the most compelling scenario for mandated assistance. Yet even in those circumstances, companies, courts, and legislatures should resist the urge to remove one of the last bastions of user security and privacy protection.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) argues that this case is about far more than granting U.S. law enforcement access to whatever information remains on a single password-protected iPhone. Investigators already have a near-complete electronic record: all emails and information stored on cloud-based computers, most content on the phone from a cloud back-up completed weeks earlier, telephone records, social media activity, and data that reveals with whom the terrorist interacted. Moreover, given the availability of all of that information, it seems likely that much of the remaining bits of evidence on the phone can be gathered from companies or individuals at the other end of the conversation.

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March 1, 2016 4 comments Columns

U.S. Move to Pick Digital Locks Leaves Canadians Locked Out

Appeared in the Toronto Star on August 2, 2010 as U.S. Move to Pick Digital Locks Leaves Canadians Locked Out Since its introduction two months ago, the government’s copyright reform package has generated widespread debate over whether it strikes the right balance.  The digital lock provisions have been the most […]

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August 2, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Unlocked iPhones Could Herald True Mobility

Apple began selling the latest version of its iPhone this week in the United States and while the device will not be sold in Canada until mid-July, Canadians will be among the few that will have the opportunity to purchase it "unlocked" so that it is not tied to any specific wireless carrier.  The unlocked versions will come at a premium price, but in return consumers will be able to avoid the long-term contracts that have typified the Canadian wireless marketplace for many years.

My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes the issue of locked cellphones has long been a source of consumer fear and frustration since some wondered whether unlocking phones that were rendered unusable when switching wireless providers was legal. In certain respects, this was an odd question to even have to ask. No one would ever question whether consumers have the right to tinker with their car or to use the same television if they switch providers from cable to satellite, yet the wireless industry somehow convinced the public that unlocking their phones – consumers' own property – was wrong.

That perception is rapidly changing with several developments paving the way for an unlocked iPhone. 

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June 25, 2010 24 comments Columns

Unlocked iPhones Could Herald True Mobility

Appeared in the Toronto Star on June 21, 2010 as Unlocked iPhones Could Herald True Mobility Apple begins selling the latest version of its iPhone this week in the United States and while the device will not be sold in Canada until mid-July, Canadians will be among the few that […]

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June 21, 2010 1 comment Columns Archive

Comparing Canadian iPhone Costs

The Financial Post has a good comparison of iPhone costs among the three Canadian carriers.  The bottom line?  Virtually no difference in price for most users.

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November 6, 2009 2 comments Must Reads