On Monday Patently Apple posted a report titled “A Five Country Intelligence Group Reveals Groundwork on Gaining Access to Evidence Safeguarded by Encryption.” The intelligence group covers all aspects of security with encryption being just one segment. The report noted that “The groundwork is being prepared by an intelligence alliance known as Five Eyes comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, to crack down on technology companies that won’t comply with court orders to give up data on local and international criminal and terrorist networks on demand. Today we’re learning that Apple’s “Privacy” page has been updated to include a new segment titled “Law Enforcement Support Program.” The timing of the new page in light of the 5 Eyes meeting announcement is very interesting and likely not a coincidence.
Law Enforcement Support Program
Apple’s new segment for Law Enforcement Support Program states: “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.”
Below are full Apple documents covering compliance for both government and law enforcement agencies within and outside of the U.S.A.
Government & Law Enforcement within the United States
Government & Law Enforcement outside the United States
The discovery of the updated Apple Page was reported on by MacRumors earlier today.
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