Due to their (indeed) public positions of protection to users' data and contrary to the creation of systems that allow access to devices by legal agents and governments In the world, we tend to forget that Apple is one of the companies that most provides data to police, investigation bodies and the like. This is in the law: if a country's justice issues a warrant, the company must provide the data to which it has access, and Ma does its duty like any other company.
Until today, however, all this communication between legal agencies and Apple for requesting data via email is a tool that certainly does not represent the last word in terms of efficiency and promptness for one of the largest companies in the world, which receives a -number of type orders per day. Therefore, Ma is announcing that it will put on the air a special website for that purpose only.
The initiative comes after a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (Center for Strategic and International Studies, or CSIS) of the USA, which exposed the need for legal agencies in the country to have access to easier methods for obtaining digital data from individuals under investigation. The site is part of a new Law Enforcement Support Program, which Apple describes as follows on its privacy page:
We believe that legal agencies play a critical role in the task of keeping society safe and we have always said that if we have useful information, we will make it available as soon as all valid legal processes are completed. As we recognize the needs for digital evidence for law enforcement agencies, we have a team of dedicated professionals within our legal department who manage and respond to all data requests received by agencies around the world. Our team also responds to emergency requests globally 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Apple then recalls that it publishes transparency reports twice a year with details on the types of orders it handles and that it offers periodic training to legal officers on the types of data it has and can offer, as well as showing the steps that they must follow to obtain them in line with each country's legal process.
On the same page, Ma remembers that she never created a backdoor or master key to any of your products or services, nor has it ever offered direct access to its servers to any government or legal agency and will never do any of these things. How good, then, that within legal limits the company is making things simpler. Best for everyone, right?