Like almost all other major internet companies, Apple has finally come out and made an official statement regarding its involvement, or lack therefore, with PRISM. In fact, the company even decided to take it a step further and talk about how it handles law enforcement requests in general.
Apple stated in its press release that between December 1st, 2012 and May 31th, 2013, it received about 4000 to 5000 customer data information requests from law enforcement to assist in everything from simple robberies to missing persons cases. These requests come from all sectors of the government, ranging from local to federal authorities.
Apple maintained that it takes every matter extremely seriously and has its legal team review each request individually before deciding whether or not to provide the data requested in order to ensure it is within legal rights to allow such data to be released.
“Apple has always placed a priority on protecting our customers’ personal data, and we don’t collect or maintain a mountain of personal details about our customers in the first place.”
It sounds good and all, but all we can really do is take Apple at its word. Honestly, I’m okay with them giving out private information if it means saving someone’s life. However, if you start making one exception, you open the door for more.
Should Apple be allowed to breech its customers’ right to privacy in certain situations?
Source – Engadget