Apple has always boasted that the privacy of its customers and users is its top priority and they try to protect it as best they can. However, sometimes this is not always possible as law enforcement agencies make court-ordered requests for data about specific users, which companies typically have no choice but to comply with.
But according to a report by Bloombergit was reported that Apple and Meta leaked user personal information to hackers posing as law enforcement officials.
Some of you may be wondering how does this work? Basically, it seems that common requests for user data require a search warrant or a subpoena signed by a judge. However, there are certain “emergency requests” that do not require a court order, and this is what the hackers used.
According to an Apple representative, they told the publication: “The policies cited by Apple state that a government or law enforcement officer who made the request may ‘be contacted and asked to confirm to Apple that the emergency request was legitimate.'”
Though it may seem like a negligent oversight, Allison Nixon, chief research officer at cyber firm Unit 221B, has defended Apple and Facebook’s handling of the situation.
According to Nixon, “In every instance where these companies have made mistakes, there was, at their core, a person trying to do the right thing. I can’t tell you how many times trust and security teams have quietly saved lives because employees had the legal flexibility to respond quickly to a tragic situation unfolding for a user.”
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