Apple Publishes Guidelines for Law Enforcement Data Requests

Apple published a new page defining legal processes guidelines wednesday night, the page gives an idea about the guidelines with regard to customer data from U.S. law enforcement agencies, stating what information the company is permitted to retrieve and not permitted to do the same, from devices upon the receipt of a search warrant or a legal notice.

While extraction of data from passcode protected iOS devices, Apple specifies that it may only recoup information from their native apps including Message, Photos, Video, Contacts, Audio recording and call history. However, Apple will not allow access to email, calendar entries or any third-party app data. Apple said that data extraction and retrieval can only be performed on devices in “good working order” at Cupertino, California HQ.

Apple will also help law enforcement in returning lost iPhones get back to their rightful owners, agreeing to contact the customer and have them correspond to the law enforcement so as to get their valuable back.

CEO Tim Cook was observed to remark that the NSA would have to “cart [Apple] out in a box” before it could access the company’s servers, as Apple also employed certified privacy professional Sabrina Ross last month to oversee the protection of consumer data.

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