Apple, Facebook, others defy authorities, notify users of secret data demands

Washington Post:

Major U.S. technology companies have largely ended the practice of quietly complying with investigators’ demands for e-mail records and other online data, saying that users have a right to know in advance when their information is targeted for government seizure.

“Later this month, Apple will update its policies so that in most cases when law enforcement requests personal information about a customer, the customer will receive a notification from Apple,” company spokeswoman Kristin Huguet said.

This is good news for the customer and brave of the companies involved to stand up to the government on this issue.

  • CapnVan

    Bravo. Simply bravo. And best of all, those are the big 5 — those who can actually afford to fight it out for privacy.

    Put another way: That’s the Big Tobacco fight, only the Big 5 are on the side of good and have more money than the government.

  • satcomer

    I goes the shady practice of the FBI/NSA using intimidating threats of in secret against small companies.

  • Moeskido

    Very glad to hear this.