Apple acquired the subpoena from the Justice Department on Feb. 6, 2018, nevertheless it contained no details about who the investigation was focusing on or why, the corporate mentioned. Apple additionally mentioned figuring out who the focused accounts belonged to would have required intensive analysis.
Apple mentioned it restricted the knowledge it supplied to metadata and account subscriber info and didn’t present any content material similar to emails or footage. While Apple says it could have usually knowledgeable prospects, a nondisclosure order prevented it from doing so on this case, the corporate mentioned.
The nondisclosure order was prolonged thrice, every time for a 12 months, Apple mentioned. (*36*) it was not prolonged for a fourth time, Apple mentioned it knowledgeable the affected prospects on May 5, 2021.
“In this case, the subpoena, which was issued by a federal grand jury and included a nondisclosure order signed by a federal magistrate judge, provided no information on the nature of the investigation and it would have been virtually impossible for Apple to understand the intent of the desired information without digging through users’ accounts,” Apple mentioned within the assertion. “Consistent with the request, Apple limited the information it provided to account subscriber information and did not provide any content such as emails or pictures.”
The subpoena was signed by prosecutor Jocelyn Valentine and approved by Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson in DC federal court docket, the supply accustomed to the request mentioned.
The firm additionally says it believes related requests had been despatched to different know-how firms and web service suppliers.
Microsoft acquired subpoena for congressional staffer
Microsoft acquired a subpoena in 2017 associated to a congressional staffer’s private email account, the corporate mentioned Friday night.
As with the subpoena despatched to Apple, Microsoft was topic to a gag order, an organization spokesperson mentioned. The gag order was in impact for greater than two years.
After Microsoft notified the account holder of the subpoena, that particular person contacted Microsoft informing the corporate of their standing as a congressional staffer, Microsoft mentioned.
“In 2017 Microsoft received a subpoena related to a personal email account,” the assertion mentioned. “As we’ve said before, we believe customers have a constitutional right to know when the government requests their email or documents, and we have a right to tell them. In this case, we were prevented from notifying the customer for more than two years because of a gag order. As soon as the gag order expired, we notified the customer who told us they were a congressional staffer. We then provided a briefing to the representative’s staff following that notice. We will continue to aggressively seek reform that imposes reasonable limits on government secrecy in cases like this.”