Apple to launch global online portal for law enforcement officers

Published on: Sep 7, 2018 11:52 IST
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In order to make tracking current inquiries from law enforcement officers across the globe for users' data easier, Apple has announced to unveil a web portal. "By the end of 2018, we will begin the launch of an online portal for authenticated law enforcement officers globally to submit lawful requests for data, track requests, and obtain responsive data from Apple," the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said. In addition to this, the tech giant is also building a team of professionals to help train law enforcement officers globally.

"It will significantly increase our ability to reach smaller police forces and agencies. This will include the development of an online training module for officers," said Apple. The USD 1 trillion company had received requests for device information on 29,718 Apple devices in the period of July-December 2017. Out of these, 27 device requests were from India. Apple, in its bi-annual transparency report that came out in May, said that it provided the data in 79 per cent of cases. India was provided data of 14 devices out of 27 requests (52 per cent).

"Examples of such requests are where law enforcement agencies are working on behalf of customers who have requested assistance locating lost or stolen devices. Additionally, Apple regularly receives multi-device requests related to fraud investigations. Device-based requests generally seek details of customers associated with devices or device connections to Apple services," the Cupertino-based company said.

Apple has strict guidelines when it comes to sharing information with law enforcement officers both within the US and outside. Apple said that starting with the period July 1-December 31, 2018, it will "report on government requests to take down Apps from the App Store in instances related to alleged violations of legal and/or policy provisions".

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