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SOURCE: https://www.vox.com/recode/2021/6/11/22530070/trump-doj-apple-data-schiff
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While the seizure of this data happened back in 2017 and 2018, a DOJ gag order kept Apple from informing the representatives until just last month when they received an email notification from the company. The DOJ’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, announced on Friday that he will start a review of the agency’s actions under the Trump administration and will look at “whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based upon improper considerations.” Sen. Ron Wyden has also promised to introduce legislation aimed at “reform[ing] the abuse of gag orders” and increasing transparency into government surveillance.Companies like Apple frequently hand over user data when government agencies demand. (WhatsApp actually does a good job of explaining this in its FAQ.) A section of the ECPA, known as the Stored Communications Act, says that service providers must have those orders before they can give the requested information to law enforcement.But, assuming the government has the right paperwork, your information is very obtainable.On Apple’s US-focused transparency website, the company says it can receive government requests related to a person’s device identifier, financial identifiers, customer data related to account information, and customer data requested in the midst of an emergency. Apple says that between January and June 2020, the company provided data 82 percent of the time when a government agency requested identifying information about a particular device.

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