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Submission + - Canada's police chiefs want new law to compel people to reveal passwords (www.cbc.ca)

DaveyJJ writes: CBC is reporting that the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, "...has passed a resolution calling for a legal measure to unlock digital evidence, saying criminals increasingly use encryption to hide illicit activities."

The chiefs are recommending new legislation that would force people to hand over their electronic passwords with a judge's consent. RCMP Assistant Commissioner Joe Oliver is using the usual scare tactics ... "child-molesters and mobsters live in the 'dark web'" ... in his statement today to drum up public support in his poorly rationalized privacy-stripping recommendation.

A few years ago, Canada's Supreme Court ruled that police must have a judge's order to request subscriber and customer information from ISPs, banks and others who have online data about Canadians. I guess that ruling isn't sitting too well with law enforcement and Canada's domestic spy agencies.

Apple

Submission + - Apple's new uber patent ... location services (cbsnews.com)

DaveyJJ writes: Once again, it seems Apple is about to take IP to a whole new level. Apple has been awarded a patent that pretty much wraps up what we know as "location services" as their own. In overview, the patent says that the system involved will display information that is specific to the location the device is in. Broad and powerful. Lots more on the news site and the USPTO site. I guess now we wait and see who Apple is going to use this against?
Censorship

Submission + - Podcaster rejected by an anti-competitive Apple? (blogspot.com) 1

DaveyJJ writes: "Jogn Gruber, of http://www.daringfireball.com/ has brought to the world's attention yet another rejection of an application by Apple, but with perhaps a chilling twist for potential developers of productivity or utility apps. He points out that the iPhone 'Podcaster' app has been rejected because it duplicates iTunes functionality. He goes on to write ...

"Flabbergasting. This is the worst reason for an app to be rejected yet. As the author points out, by this logic, Apple could have rejected PCalc (for duplicating the built-in Calculator app), or any of the various note-taking apps. Check out the demo — Podcaster is clearly a serious app that provides functionality far beyond the iPhone's built-in podcast support. This stinks to high hell. Jon Rentzsch nails it in this tweet: the NDA is a mere annoyance, but a "you can't compete against Apple" policy is so wrong it breaks the platform. It is indefensible."

While it's possible that some case might be made for Apple yanking the "I Am Rich" app on the grounds of "consumer protection," and the "Pull My Finger" app on the questionable grounds of "good taste" ... I think this rejection sends a chilling signal to people developing productivity or business apps that perform and look great, but Apple simply doesn't like. That line in the sand needs much better public definition, Apple."

Handhelds

Submission + - Rogers announces iPhone for Canada (macdailynews.com)

DaveyJJ writes: "Rogers announces deal with Apple to bring iPhone to Canada Tuesday, April 29, 2008 — 08:42 AM EDT Ted Rogers, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rogers Communications Inc. today issued the following statement: We're thrilled to announce that we have a deal with Apple to bring the iPhone to Canada later this year. We can't tell you any more about it right now, but stay tuned. Source: Rogers Communications Inc. MacDailyNews Take: We can't tell you any more about it right now... because it'll be the next-gen iPhone Steve Jobs introduces at WWDC. (Also, we're trying to figure out just how much more we can extract from our already-vastly-overcharged customers via our Big Ass Canadian monopoly that no other sane capitalistic country would even come close to allowing.)"

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