Apple Denies Knowledge Of Trump Democrat Data Probe
Apple says it didn’t know former President Trump’s Department of Justice was asking for the metadata of Democratic lawmakers when it complied with a subpoena seeking information.
Apple’s admission of compliance has raised concerns that tech companies are being caught in problematic territory, when legitimate requests from law enforcement involve customers’ information. A grand jury forced Apple to comply and keep the probe quiet.
It follows a New York Times report that Trump’s officials seized at least a dozen records from people close to the House intelligence panel related to reports on the former president’s contacts with Russia.
According to Apple, the subpoena requested data that belonged to a seemingly random group of e-mail addresses and phone numbers – and a link to Democrat lawmakers wasn’t obvious.