News by Andrew Kameka on Monday June 17, 2013.
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Apple has issued a statement on its "Commitment to customer privacy" in light of recent reports that it and other companies like Facebook and Google have granted the NSA direct access to user data. Apple denied these allegations and reminds users that their communication is encrypted and cannot be shared to the government.
A report from The Guardian alleges that the NSA has a secret program known as PRISM that provides the government agency real-time access to communication or personal data. The accused companies have uniformly denied the report, and Apple has expanded on its denial by releasing the following statement:
"We first heard of the government's "Prism" program when news organizations asked us about it on June 6. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order."
Apple clarified that it receives 4,000 to 5,000 requests for customer data from law enforcement agencies related to criminal and anti-terror investigations. Most of the requests were from police officers or missing children, says Apple. The company evaluates each request individually and it does not always comply with requests, which is direct contrast with picture painted by the PRISM report.
Apple also reiterated that personal communication using its iMessage and FaceTime software cannot be shared with the company because both have end-to-end encryption. By design, the apps encrypt data sent and received in a way that Apple cannot access the data. Furthermore, user data for location, Apple Map searches, and Siri requests cannot be linked back to individual accounts.source: Apple
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.