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4. Failing to disclose encryption keys is legal in Australia, but not for long
Like its British counterparts, Australia wants to force suspected criminals to hand over encryption keys — by threat of prison, TechDirt wrote on Monday. It comes at a time when encryption is increasingly being used in the wake of the U.S. government surveillance leaks. Under U.K. law, it is a criminal offense, punishable by up to two years in prison, for failing to disclose passwords or encryption keys to material that may ultimately land them in further trouble. That's because the U.K. (and Australia) don't have a Fifth Amendment right to protection against self-incriminations.
5. The NSA system can record an entire country's phone calls
New documents released by whistleblower Edward Snowden confirm what many thought would be nigh on impossible: the U.S. National Security Agency can vacuum up an entire country's phone calls and replay individual conversations on the fly over a 30-day period. Dubbed by the agency MYSTIC, the documents did not disclose which country has its entire telecoms network monitored. And if you thought the Snowden leaks might dry up any time soon, Snowden's "robot" told a TED gathering that, "Some of the most important reporting to be done is yet to come."
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6. Bulletproof glass doesn't make an iPhone bulletproof
Just because a case is made with bulletproof glass doesn't make it bulletproof, as Ars Technica found this week. In testing the new "Holy Grail" of screen protectors, the publication's Lee Hutchinson set out to bash, smash, drill, and nail his iPhone with the tempered glass protector. It cracked within seconds of testing it out — and they hadn't even broken out the firearm by this point. When he finally took it to the range, "No," he said definitively, the screen cannot protect against a bullet. Well, that's that then.
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