Apple Giving Customer Data To Governments; WikiLeaks Revealed
Apple claims to value customer privacy and customer data security a lot as in these modern times cyber security is very important to each and every individual. It seems that Apple has been giving out customer data to governments and is continuing to do so as we speak. This has been revealed bu WikiLeaks and has been found through the Hilary Clinton campaign.
In an email, from Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of Environment, Policy, and Social Initiatives sent to John Podesta, the Chairman of the 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, she states the following:
“Please know that Apple will continue its work with law enforcement. We share law enforcement’s concerns about the threat to citizens and we work closely with authorities to comply with legal requests for data that have helped solve complex crimes”.
Although this is an eye opener this was not the most shocking thing that was mentioned in the e-mail. The following was the main highlight of the entire case:
“Thousands of times every month, we give governments information about Apple customers and devices, in response to warrants and other forms of legal process. We have a team that responds to those requests 24 hours a day. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple’s ability to give law enforcement meta-data or any of a number of other very useful categories of data”.
You can find the whole email as follows:
The following can be taken from the e-mail regarding customer data:
- Apple gives governments information about their own consumers and their devices
- The encryption in iPhones and iPads means nothing to Apple
- Apple says their devices are safe with encryption but it “does not eliminate” their ability to grab the meta-data anyway
- Apple planned to “amplify encryption messaging” to the public
In short, when it comes to customer date, own privacy is not as secure as we like to think and this is something coming from a big player in the market. We can only imagine what the smaller companies are doing in this regard.