The Wall Street Journal reports on a legal maneuver by the U.S. Department of Justice to possibly get around smartphone encryption by using a law created in 1789 called the All Writs Act. In October, prosecutors convinced a Manhattan-based federal magistrate to order an unnamed phone maker to provide “reasonable technical assistance” for unlocking an encrypted cell phone. The All Writs Act gives courts broad authority to carry out their duties such as this, the report states. Stanford University Center for Internet and Society Civil Liberties Director Jennifer Grannick said, “It’s part of what I think is going to be the next biggest fight that we see on surveillance as everyone starts to implement encryption,” adding, “Does this mean you have to do something to your product to make it surveillance friendly?” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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