Apple to Launch a Global Law Enforcement Web Portal to Streamline Data Requests by End of 2018 [Updated]

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple this week announced it will be launching a dedicated web portal by the end of 2018 for authenticated law enforcement officers to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data from the company.

    Photo: Alejandro Mejía Greene via Flickr/Creative Commons

    Apple also said it is building a team of professionals dedicated to training law enforcement officers, which the company believes will improve its ability to reach smaller police forces and agencies around the world. This will include the development of an online training module for officers.

    The web portal will be available globally as part of Apple's new Law Enforcement Support Program, which the company detailed on the Government Information Requests page of its privacy website this week.

    Apple says the program will allow it to uphold its fundamental commitment to protect the security and privacy of its users:
    Apple requires law enforcement and government officials to follow applicable laws when requesting customer information and data. If they do, Apple complies by providing the narrowest possible set of data relevant to the request.

    That information can include device identifiers, customer service records, and iCloud content such as emails, stored photos, documents, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, Safari browsing history, Apple Maps search history, iMessages backups, and iOS device backups, according to Apple's guidelines.

    Where and when legally required, Apple may also provide basic customer information such as name, physical address, email address, phone number, and IP address, along with customer service records and Find My iPhone logs.

    Apple ensures that it has never created a backdoor or master key to any of its products or services, and never will. Perhaps the biggest example of this was Apple's refusal to create a loophole for the FBI to brute force their way into the passcode-locked iPhone owned by the shooter in the 2015 San Bernardino attack.

    Twice per year, Apple publishes a transparency report that outlines how many data-related requests it has received from law enforcement, government, and private party officials, both in the United States and abroad.

    In the United States, during the second half of 2017, for example, Apple received 4,450 requests for 15,168 devices. Apple provided data in 3,548 cases, or approximately 80 percent of the time. Worldwide, Apple received a total of 29,718 requests covering 309,362 devices, providing data 79 percent of the time.

    Update: Apple is launching these initiatives in response to a recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the cybersecurity challenges and digital evidence needs of U.S. law enforcement agencies.

    Apple has adopted all of the recommendations in the CSIS report and, on Tuesday, Apple's Senior Vice President and General Counsel Katherine Adams sent a letter to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) announcing the launch of several new programs meant to help law enforcement agencies.

    The full letter was obtained by MacRumors:

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  2. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    hopefully it's the most minimal thing they could do to comply with any laws. Apple shouldn't send any more information than it legally needs to.
  3. ChrisCW11 macrumors 65816

    Jul 21, 2011
    Interesting coming from a company that is actively advocating they are NOT collecting private data about us through their services.
  4. FrankieTDouglas macrumors 65816

    Mar 10, 2005
  5. Bornee35 macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    Theres a huge difference between leaving the door unlocked and installing a doorbell. Requests can be denied.
  6. TheShadowKnows! macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2014
    National Capital Region
    Web Portal running on macOS Server 5.6 pre-installed on macMini 2014. /s
  7. nexusrule macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2012
    That's actually quite smart. More initiatives they proactively take to collaborate with police forces, when applicable, more strength their arguments will have when they feel they don't have to release private data.
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    Maybe you should inform yourself about how these things actually works.
  8. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    I suspect a lot of the kneejerk reactions/comments are made by the uninformed.
  9. DeftwillP macrumors 6502

    Jan 28, 2011
    I worry that judges will see this not as a form of compliance but as a step toward granting more unwarranted privacy breaches in the name of public safety. Now that apple is saying more publicly that they can do it, the requests from law enforcement will no doubt increase by multitudes.
  10. Seoras macrumors 6502


    Oct 25, 2007
    Scotsman in New Zealand
    This isn't what governments want. They want to track all of us.
    Nice move Apple. It'll be interesting to see how "the man" tries to piss on this.
  11. Morgenland macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2009
    Consent to this comment depends on age and life experience.
  12. JPSaltzman macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2011
  13. Morgenland macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2009
    Tim Cook, I need your personal opinion on this development! Please!
  14. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    That's why they cannot send a lot of information.

    And of course many requests arise when someone's iPhone is stolen and they go to the police because they want it back. You'd be happy if Apple gives all the "find my phone" logs after the theft to the police.
  15. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Everyone is so bent out of shape already, this isn't some back door being created, its simply a portal to filter requests through which I'm surprised they didn't have before.

    This is a smarter way to do things. Police were still doing requests before, they're just doing them a different way now.
  16. krause734 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2010
    Meanwhile the agencies already have all the Android phone data.
  17. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    lol Google, Apple etc. it’s all the same folks.

    Stop kidding yourself and get off the grid now /s
  18. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Does it say anywhere that police will get access without a warrant?
  19. yakapo macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
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    Last edited: Sep 6, 2018

    Morgenland macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2009
    "In the second half of 2016, Apple received between 5,750 and 5,999 National Security Orders. Apple reports National Security Orders to the extent allowed by law. Though we would like to be more specific, by law this is the most precise information we are currently allowed to disclose." []
  21. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    "You" store the data on Apples servers, because you use Apples services, not Apple.
  22. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    Seriously? Reminds me of that famous saying, you know the one about 'keeping silent rather than remove all doubt'.
  23. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Interesting... it's kind of like Apple is installing itself as a fifth branch of government (after Legislative, Executive, Judicial, and Journalism).

    I could see Apple doing a lot better at reflecting the will of the people than the other four... Apple lives and dies with customer approval. The first three can more or less do whatever they want, while the fourth is beholden to advertisers.
  24. Crwmlw macrumors regular


    Jun 18, 2011
    I personally think its a great move, its just putting a process in place to make it a little easier, so many people concerned about privacy, I get it, trust me. However, if you are doing nothing wrong who cares. I really dont think law enforcement is going to access your credit card to make purchases or look at your girlfriend or boyfriend's naked pictures. All these people complaining about privacy need to take a step back and look at the big picture. If anything would ever happen to a loved one, another terrorist attack etc. I would hope Apple would give up information to law enforcement from that persons phone to help them. Get over it people, if the police were to take my phone and I did nothing wrong have at it, you arent going to find anything. They can care less about your perosnal banking information etc. Its aonly a cell phone people..

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