When it comes to security and privacy, who has your back? If you were impressed by Apple’s willingness to stand up against the F.B.I.’s attempts to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone, you might think our favorite Cupertino, CA technology giant has our collective backs.
Apple recently published a Report on Government Information Requests and it’s not looking so good for those of us who thought we had a friend in the security and privacy field of technology.
It ain’t pretty, folks.
For the first six months of the year Apple reported that 4,822 demands for device data came from various U.S. authorities, which affected 10,260 devices (a huge increase over the same time the year before).
What did Apple do? Adopt the Russian negotiating position of constant Nyet? Nope. Plead the Fifth Amendment? Nope. For 75-percent of the demands from the government’s spooks, Apple squealed like a greased pig.
For 1,363 requests– more like demands— from U.S. authorities involving 9,090 accounts, Apple squealed like a greased pig almost 85-percent of the time. That’s just in the good old U.S. of A. Apple customers in Germany fared a bit better with more requests from the government affecting more devices, but a smaller percentage response from Apple.
Yet, even that made the actual number of times Apple acquiesced to government demands even greater than in the U.S.
If you’ve ever wondered why Apple’s Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch are so expensive compared to the competition, now you know. Apple has a huge staff of lawyers all over the world to keep track of customer security and privacy intrusion requests, and lawyers cost money.
Simply put, whenever Apple gets asked to turn over something to an authority, most of the time Apple complies. Whatever information you give Apple is subject to search and seizure, so it’s important to remember that if you want security and privacy you have to take matters into your own hands and not rely on the good graces of our friendly tech manufacturer and realize that what we see is not always an accurate representation of what is there.
For example, in the war against terrorists, we thought our country was on the side of good guys. Edward Snowden proved otherwise, and divulged what we should have suspected. The U.S government is an information terrorist organization that will stop at nothing to phish and fish for what it thinks might be wrongdoing on the part of its citizens.
And Apple is willing to help.