This week Apple has announced they are going to launch a Global web portal, for submitting, tracking lawful request for data, to get responsive data from the company at the end of this year 2018, according to a report by Macrumors. It is a little bit different from the current system at where the law enforcement officers put forward the requests by messaging the email account of Apple law enforcement.
A website whereas would be a more convenient centralized hub for all the requests to process and also makes it easier to track current inquiries and manage responses. Apart from building a new web portal, Apple also said that they will build a team of professionals dedicated to training law enforcement officer around the world with a purpose to develop new online training module. It will also include helping small police forces and agencies which might not have large resources like other companies.
Apple’s senior vice president and general counsel Katherine Adams has issued a letter in this regard which was obtained by Macrumors, in the letter they explained the company is currently working on changes in response to a report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a commitment to protect the privacy and security of the users.
Apple strictly published the guidelines about which information they need to give to the law enforcement officer within or outside the U.S. Apple requires government officials to obey the laws when requesting to customer’s information and data.
Too, the company published the transparency reports twice in a year, dealing with all the requests for information from law enforcement and government agencies. Apple always ensures to develop a backdoor for all of its products, but back in 2016 San Bernardino shootings. It is the biggest example of Apple refusal for not creating a loophole to allow investigation and access to the information on the device.