Apple Inc. (AAPL) publishes new legal guidelines for information requests from law enforcement

Posted May 8, 2014

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced a decision earlier this month to notify customers if law enforcement agencies make a request for user information. Apple has now published a new set of guidelines for law enforcement officials regarding how it will handle these types of requests and the type of information that can be obtained.

Apple will notify its customers when their personal information is being sought in response to legal process except where providing notice is prohibited by the legal process itself, by a court order Apple receives (e.g., an order under 18 U.S.C. ยง2705(b)), or by applicable law or where Apple, in its sole discretion, believes that providing notice could create a risk of injury or death to an identifiable individual or group of individuals or in situations where the case relates to child endangerment.

In an FAQ section, it answers questions about whether Apple will intercept user e-mails and other communications like iMessage and FaceTime calls.

Can Apple intercept users? communications pursuant to a Wiretap Order?
Apple can intercept users? email communications, upon receipt of a valid Wiretap Order. Apple cannot intercept users? iMessage or FaceTime communications as these communications are end-to-end encrypted.

Apple cannot give law enforcement officials the passcode to a locked iOS device or geolocation data for active iOS devices.

You can read more in detail here.