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Facebook and Twitter throw support behind Apple's opposition to court order

Apple has garnered the support of social media giants Facebook and Twitter in its opposition to a court order that could have wide-reaching ramifications for the security of its devices.

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FAQ: Everything you need to know about Apple, encryption, and the FBI

There’s a lot of information going around the internet about Apple, encryption, and what the FBI wants. Here’s everything you need to know.

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WhatsApp co-founder backs Apple's stance on privacy

Jan Koum, the co-founder of WhatsApp, has expressed his support for Tim Cook's stance on user privacy.

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Apple, the FBI, and your privacy under siege

Tim Cook, by publicly standing up and voicing his concerns, is doing just that. He's paving another brick on the sunlit path towards justice. We, all of us, need to pave these bricks too, and as quickly as we can.

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Apple comes out in opposition to proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act

In a statement issued today, Apple has come out in opposition to the proposed Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, which would enable sharing of customer data between companies and the government over cybersecurity concerns.

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Apple again says that it can't access locked iPhones running iOS 8 or higher

Apple has once again stated that it is "impossible" to access data on locked devices running iOS 8 or higher without a device passcode, despite law enforcement agencies requesting for them to do just that.

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Nothing to fear but fear-mongering itself

Some text was put up on the internet this weekend that contends Apple has such centralized control over iOS that, if it were ever to turn evil and become the instruments of surveillance states, there'd be nothing to protect us because Apple actively patches jailbreak exploits and doesn't allow the installation of non-App Store apps.

It's about as rational as saying not to eat at McDonald's because one day they could start dosing all their fries with Paxilon Hydrochlorate, or not to watch YouTube videos because on day they could start spreading brain-blowing blipverts.

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Why would the head of iAd Marketplaces have to leave Apple to more deeply track customer data?

Winston Crawford, the former head of iAd Marketplaces, has left Apple to join a startup dedicated to tracking people as they switch devices and as they go from online to in-store purchases. So why not just do that at Apple?

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Understanding Apple and privacy

A lot of people are getting a lot of things wrong about Apple's stance on privacy and security, and what it means for the future.

Last week Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, once again reiterated the company's belief that people have a right to privacy and security, and that the cost of free-as-in-paid-for-by-your-data services isn't always clearly understood. Those for who believe the conversation about privacy and security is the most important of our generation appreciated someone as powerful and influential as Cook giving it the spotlight it deserves. Those who believe the advancement of technology requires the relinquishing of previously held beliefs about privacy and security, however, reacted harshly. The problem is, many of them also reacted in a way that's just plain wrong.

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Max out your privacy with Apple

These days Apple is one of the only (if not the only) global-scale consumer tech companies that seems to prioritize customer privacy.

Apple doesn't merely keep your personal data private, they increasingly make it harder for them (or anyone) to even collect it in the first place. Yes, even including those snoopy government agencies.

Although Apple deeply embeds privacy features across its products and services, many of them only work if you turn them on, and perhaps change a few habits. As an incredibly paranoid security professional who sometimes travels to more... hostile... environments, here are my favorite Apple-centric privacy tips and tricks.

Much of this advice comes from knowing how criminals, and even digital forensics experts, recover private data in the real world.

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