Apple received a challenge from the DOJ that forced it to provide 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses
Apple said it had no idea about the investigation, and provided the Department of Justice with only basic information such as “account information,” including names, addresses, email addresses and phone numbers, contact logs, and IP addresses. Apple pointed out that it did not provide the DOJ with any information that would reveal who could have sent the messages and when they were sent.
Slightly clarifying, Apple said the subpoena (which included a federal judge’s gig) “did not provide information on the nature of the investigation, and it would have been virtually impossible for Apple to understand the purpose of the information sought without digging through users’ accounts.”
The auditor added that his audit “examines the department’s compliance with applicable DOJ practices and procedures and whether such uses or investigations were based on inappropriate considerations.” A White House official called the actions of the Trump administration “appalling.”
Apple will only provide up to 25 tags for future information requests
Apple has set limits on future requests for information to 25 IDs for each legal request. Apple was not allowed to tell its customers about the challenges due to non-disclosure agreements that were extended three times, each year. When the NDA expired on May 5 this year, Apple was able to notify affected customers of investigations and subpoenas.
The two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee included in the DOJ’s Apple request were committee chairman Adam Schiff and committee member Eric Swalwell. The former made a statement last week, saying: “President Trump has repeatedly and blatantly demanded that the Department of Justice implement his political will and tried to use the department as a hug against his political opponents and members of the media.”
Swalwell confirmed to MSNBC that the Trump administration was seizing his Apple data. One of the Democrats who threw his hat in the ring and ran for president last year, Swalwell is concerned that if Trump aspires again in 2024 and defeats the president, he “can only bypass the Department of Justice and its processes and only order his lieutenants to lock in his political opponents.”