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Secretive spy court brings new meaning to term 'rubber stamp'

According to a report by Reuters, based on a Department of Justice document it obtained, the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved all of the electronic surveillance requests from the U.S. government in 2014 and 2015.

Supreme Court eases restrictions on federal hacking authority

The Supreme Court on Thursday quietly approved a change to Rule 41, which could give the Federal Bureau of Investigations the authority, if granted the right warrant conditions, to hack any computer or network anywhere in the world.

FBI says it can't disclose details for iPhone hack to Apple because of third-party rights

The Federal Bureau of Investigation does not plan to disclose information about how it hacked into the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter to Apple, according to Amy Hess, the FBI's executive assistant director for science and technology.

Spotlight: FBI unlocks second iPhone without Apple

The FBI managed to unlock a second iPhone on Monday, which it previously asserted it needed Apple's assistance to unlock, because someone gave the agency the passcode.

Secretive surveillance court curtails agency surveillance, data retention in new rulings

A top surveillance federal court released recent decisions this week that laid out new oversight compliance requirements for the National Security Agency's and Federal Bureau of Investigation's retention of personal data.

FBI ponied up $1.3M to crack San Bernardino shooter's iPhone, suggests Comey

The Federal Bureau of Investigation likely paid more than $1.3 million to get access into the encrypted iPhone 5c used by the San Bernardino shooter, according to remarks Thursday by FBI Director James Comey.

Spotlight: FBI looks in-house for new CIO

The Federal Bureau of Investigations has chosen Gordon Bitko to be its new CIO, Federal News Radio reported earlier today.

US senators circulate draft bill on encryption that sides with law enforcement

Two powerful U.S. senators have released a draft of federal encryption legislation designed to clarify the responsibilities of private companies regarding court orders from a government for encrypted information or data. Basically, the draft legislation would side with the FBI in its highly publicized dispute with Apple.

White House puts the kibosh on encryption bill

A draft bill pending in the Senate would require device manufacturers to include encryption workarounds in their products for law enforcement access, but the White House declined to provide public support for the bill, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

FBI chief admits hacking tool only works on a 'narrow slice' of iPhones

The tool that a third party provided to the FBI to hack into an iPhone used by the San Bernardino shooters only works on the specific model the shooter used – the iPhone 5c running iOS 9 – FBI Director James Comey said at a Wednesday address at Kenyon College.