Apple vs FBI Update
Yesterday, FBI Director James Comey admitted they made a mistake handling the San Bernardino shooter’s phone password reset. Quick refresher – hours after the shooting, the phone that sparked this privacy debate had the password changed. Comey said, “There was a mistake made in the first 24 hours, where the county, at the FBI’s request, made it hard to make the phone back up by [changing the password of] the iCloud account”. This comes after the FBI said that resetting the password was not a mistake…oops damage control time. Comey brought in the advice of ‘experts’ to say the iPhone still would not have been able to provide information. In other words the FBI could have accessed what they needed, without Apple’s help, if they had simply not changed the password when they recovered the iPhone. iFault. It’s this mistake that sparked the Apple debate and now Apple is saying we were right this whole time. (Source Re/code)
Another Day, Another Privacy Battle
Facebook is the next player in a privacy battle. Facebook Latin America Vice President, Diego Dzodan, was arrested yesterday in Brazil for disobeying a court order involving helping investigators with a drug case concerning a WhatsApp user. Federal police made a statement saying Facebook/WhatsApp repeatedly failed to comply with an organized crime and drug trafficking. Uh oh. WhatsApp said they were disappointed in the arrest and disagree with police, but Brazil is disappointed with WhatsApp and blocked the app for 2 days out of spite. (Source Fortune). Apparently Techie’s are a little easier to arrest than drug dealers. Fala sério.
What to Say When Your Friend Isn’t the Best Driver
I’ll drive. That might be what people start saying to Google’s self driving cars after a recent accident with a bus. The self driving car has been on the receiving end of accidents, until Monday when the car collided with a bus. The self driving car had to switch into the center lane to make a right turn around some sand bags and thought the approaching bus would let them through…but it didn’t. There were no injuries and Google is saying this is just a “normal part of driving”. (Source Engadget)