Items tagged with Justice Department

The debate surrounding net neutrality is going to court.The United States Justice Department is suing the state of California over their new net neutrality law. The lawsuit will decide whether federal or state governments can enact laws that affect national telecommunication companies.    The suit was filed on Sunday with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a bill that prevents companies like Verizon and AT&T from slowing or blocking Internet traffic. Companies are also unable to allow unlimited access to certain... Read more...
Apple is currently fighting a court order to provide the FBI with technical assistance in thwarting the security and encryption schemes of an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters. The company's fear is that building a so-called backdoor into the iPhone would compromise the security of all iOS devices, though the FBI contends this would be a one-off thing. Turns out it wouldn't be. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says the U.S. Justice Department is in the process of obtaining court orders that would force Apple to pluck data from about a dozen... Read more...
The FBI came a’knockin’ at Apple’s doorstep this past summer, but instead of opening the door to welcome in the agency, Apple simply turned its back and went about its business. This standoff between Apple and the Justice Department has gotten a bit testy in recent months, with the latter imploring the former to hand over real-time access to iMessages to aid in ongoing investigations involving suspected criminals running drugs and/or guns. However, Apple has simply ignored calls from the Justice Department to hand over access to text messages because it simply has no way of doing so. In Apple’s... Read more...
Uncle Sam doesn't like it when you try to pull one over on him, and that's something Hewlett Packard had to go and find out the hard way. After standing accused of offering kickbacks to systems integrator companies in exchange for recommending HP products to U.S. agencies, the OEM has agreed to fork over $55 million to put the whole incident in their rear view mirror, the Justice Department announced this week. "Contractors must deal fairly with the government when doing business with federal agencies," said U.S. assistant attorney general Tony West. "As this case demonstrates, we will take action... Read more...