08 Sep Apple to Provide Data Request Tool for Police
In a letter to U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse this week, Apple general counsel Kate Adams said that the company will be providing law enforcement a tool where they can formally submit requests for user data.
While the iPhone maker frequently clashed with police on the matter of user data requests in the past, it did oblige on a number of occasions and provided access to data stored in its iCloud online service. However, the company was adamant that they cannot, and will not, provide access to data in encrypted devices such as the iPhone.
Apple also noted in its letter that it had responded to 14,000 requests from the authorities last year, which includes 231 “domestic emergency requests,” that it addressed within 20 minutes of receipt “regardless of the time of day or night.”