Recent revelations about grand jury subpoenas for the personal information of Apple customers have underscored the flood of law enforcement requests that tech companies grapple with on an increasing basis, reports the New York Times
(13 June, Nicas, Wakabayashi, Benner). In February 2018, an Apple paralegal complied with a grand jury subpoena for the names and phone records connected to 109 email addresses. As the gag order on the subpoena expired this year, Apple notified the people who were the subjects of the subpoena, and disclosed that without realizing it at the time, it had handed over the data of congressional staff members, their families, and at least two members of Congress. Around the same time, according to New York Times reporting, Apple also turned over data on Donald McGahn II, the White House counsel to former President Donald Trump. The revelations have exposed the difficult situation tech companies increasingly find themselves in with regards to law enforcement requests for data. Apple, Google, and Microsoft receive thousands of these requests weekly, putting the tech giants in an uncomfortable position between law enforcement, the courts, and the customers whose privacy they have promised to protect. They are legally required to comply with the requests, but because the subpoenas can be vaguely-worded, the tech companies are often unclear on the nature or subject of an investigation.
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