Apple is Reportedly Protecting Customer’s Personal Details From Government
Apple Inc. has reported late Sunday that the company is committed to the customer’s privacy and has not given direct access to the government to the company’s servers for customer’s personal data.
The company has reported that in the time from December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, it has received 4,000 - 5,000 requests, from the U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Over 9,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests that were claimed to be related to national security matters. Those requests were mostly related to robbery and criminal investigations, children and patient search, and struggle to prevent suicides.
"Regardless of the circumstances, our Legal team conducts an evaluation of each request and, only if appropriate, we retrieve and deliver the narrowest possible set of information to the authorities," Apple wrote. "In fact, from time to time when we see inconsistencies or inaccuracies in a request, we will refuse to fulfill it"
On a further note, Apple reported that even the company is not aware of the customer’s conversations over iMessage and FaceTime. Those conversations are encrypted and Apple cannot decrypt the data. “Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form,” Apple wrote.
“The disclosure makes Apple the latest company to try to stem the fallout from the disclosure of a U.S. government data-collection program called Prism, which has raised questions about how the country’s largest technology companies share customer data with government agencies," According to Jessica E. Lessin of The Wall Street Journal. "Facebook and Microsoft earlier disclosed figures.”
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