Security and privacy go hand-in-hand. However, Apple is a firm believer that security shouldn’t come at the expense of individual privacy–and this is a _very_ good thing for us. But what does that really mean for the average consumer, and what is Apple really doing with all of our data?
Luckily for us, Apple has been on the front lines, carrying the torch when it comes to privacy. They’re often touted for their strong stance on consumer rights and privacy, as well as their own transparency on the subject. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) recently awarded Apple their highest ranking in their latest “Who Has Your Back?” report–giving them 5/5 stars .
What is Apple’s policy regarding requests for information?
How does Apple handle requests from law enforcement officials for information about customers and their Apple devices?
- All requests are required to be accompanied by a subpoena or search warrant.
- Each request is carefully reviewed to ensure that there’s a valid legal basis for it.
- Apple’s response is limited to only the data law enforcement is legally entitled to for the specific investigation.
- Apple does not work with _any_ government agency from any country to create a “backdoor” in any of our products or services.
- They have never allowed any government access to their servers.
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What are the most common requests from Law Enforcement regarding?
- Device Requests–law enforcement is seeking general information in relation to Apple devices.
- Account Requests–law enforcement is seeking information in regard to an Apple ID account and/or related Apple services or transactions.
- Emergency requests– situations where Apple believes that an emergency involving imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to any person requires immediate disclosure.
- National security-related requests–are reported separately from Device or Account Requests.
What can you do to protect your data?
To protect your privacy and data on your iPad, or any other iOS device, it is imperative that you not only have a passcode, but are also running the latest software build. All iOS devices running iOS 8 or newer have their personal data protected by your passcode. Having a passcode on your iOS device protects your data by encrypting it. As a result Apple cannot respond to government inquires and search warrants for iOS data extractions because they do not have access to your passcode.