Editorial

Compromise needed on smartphone encryption

(Krisztian Bocsi / Bloomberg)

Apple and Google’s new approach to encryption is too extreme.

Did Intelligence agencies or the White House err on Islamic State?

President Obama suggested intelligence agencies missed signs of Islamic State’s growing power. Is that the whole story?

Letter

Privacy and security require trade-offs

The toughest case: What if Osama bin Laden had an iPhone?

What if police got that phone and couldn’t crack it?

Newest Androids will join iPhones in offering default encryption, blocking police

(Anindito Mukherjee / Reuters)

The move is the latest in a broad shift by U.S. tech firms to make their products more resistant to government snooping in the aftermath of revelations of NSA spying by Edward Snowden.

Article

Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants

(Stephen Lam / Reuters)

New operating system makes it impossible for company to comply with requests for data on devices.

Federal background checks, one year after the Navy Yard shooting

Find out what changes the Obama administration has made since a federal contractor fatally shot 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard.

Privacy advocates split over NSA reform bill

The senate version of the USA FREEDOM Act has advocates and opponents in privacy and civil liberties circles.

Can an American be investigated for terrorism merely for expressing support for it? The government isn’t saying.

The nation’s secretive surveillance court recently released a redacted opinion that addresses the scope of First Amendment protections in terrorism investigations.

Welcome to the post-Edward Snowden era

Surprise! People are suddenly prepared to trade in their civil liberties for national security -- again.