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Apple is creating a global web portal for law enforcement data requests

By midian182 · 5 replies
Sep 7, 2018
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  1. The news comes via a letter from Apple General Counsel Kate Adams sent to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). It responds to a July report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) on the cybersecurity needs of law enforcement agencies.

    Apple famously refused to help the FBI access San Bernardino shooter Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone in 2016. Law enforcement officials were also unhappy about the recent USB restricted mode that can protect against police hacking tools.

    But Adams notes in the letter that in 2017, Apple responded to more than 14,000 requests from US law enforcement agencies related to more than 62,000 devices, accounts, or financial identifiers in the US. Additionally, it’s stated that Apple trained almost 1000 officers on how to go about obtaining data from the company.

    To make these requests easier to submit, which are currently done via email, Apple is introducing an online tracking and submissions tool that will be operational before the end of the year.

    "Later this year, we will launch an online portal for law enforcement agencies around the world to submit lawful requests for data, track outstanding requests, and obtain responsive data from Apple,” states the letter.

    In addition to expanding its police-training team, Apple is creating an online module for law enforcement that mirrors the in-person training.

    While the letter focuses on Apple’s willingness to help law enforcement gather evidence where it’s legally able to do so, there is no mention of encryption. The company emphasises it is “committed to protecting the security and privacy of users.”

    Apple Letter to Sen Whitehouse by on Scribd

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,390   +3,779

    "Requests" for information without a Judges order? The defense lawyers are going to have a heyday with that one!
     
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  3. trparky

    trparky TS Evangelist Posts: 534   +428

    If the appropriate warrants are issued, I have no problems with this.
     
  4. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 771   +293

    A warrant system that's moves faster
     
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,393   +5,020

    "Later this year, we will launch an online portal for law enforcement agencies around the world to submit lawful requests for data, track outstanding requests, and obtain responsive data from Apple,” states the letter.

    That did say lawful requests for data. I can only assume that means a judge will have signed off on the requests for data.
     
  6. regiq

    regiq TS Addict Posts: 237   +113

    They also mention that the portal will be used by police forces around the world and there are countries where a warrant is not needed to access someone's data.
     

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