Apple To Launch A New Web Portal For Law Enforcement Officers To Submit Data Requests

Apple has announced it will be launching a dedicated website that allows law enforcement officers to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data when it's legally requested. It comes after the company updated its privacy website yesterday.

However, Apple says that the data will not be available simply by request, it must be submitted legally. Once it's approved, law enforcement officers will have the ability to view sensitive infos such as emails, stored photos, documents, contacts, calendars, bookmarks, Safari browsing history, etc.

We believe that law enforcement agencies play a critical role in keeping our society safe and we’ve always maintained that if we have information we will make it available when presented with valid legal process. In recognizing the ongoing digital evidence needs of law enforcement agencies, we have a team of dedicated professionals within our legal department who manage and respond to all legal requests received from law enforcement agencies globally. Our team also responds to emergency requests globally on a 24/7 basis.

We publish legal process guidelines for government and law enforcement agencies globally and we publish transparency reports twice a year detailing the types of requests we receive and how we respond. In addition, we regularly provide training to law enforcement officers on the types of data available from Apple and how to obtain it consistent with our legal process guidelines.

By the end of 2018 we will begin the launch of an online portal for authenticated law enforcement officers globally to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data from Apple.

We are building a team of professionals dedicated to training law enforcement officers globally, which will significantly increase our ability to reach smaller police forces and agencies. This will include the development of an online training module for officers. This will assist Apple in training a larger number of law enforcement agencies and officers globally, and ensure that our company’s information and guidance can be updated to reflect the rapidly changing data landscape.

Apple is committed to protecting the security and privacy of our users. The above developments and the work we do to assist investigations uphold this fundamental commitment.

Apple will also make sure that they will never create backdoors to its products and services. Though the law enforcement liaison program has existed for a while, but the web portal is a new addition, at the same time, Apple will still uphold its fundamental commitment to protect the security and privacy of its customers.

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