Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Releases Data Mining Guidelines


Dallas, Texas 05/09/2014 (FINANCIALSTRENDS) – Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has now publicly released the set of guidelines for the law enforcement agencies to request their data relating to its users. The iPad & iPhone maker has released this guide on Wednesday that specifies what kind of information can & cannot be lifted from the devices after the disclosure requests, search warrants/ court orders have been issued. This  legal resource is split into 3 parts: the 1st detailing the general information related to guidelines, the 2nd about  how the agencies have to proceed when they are requesting data, and 3rd –  what information the company  can reasonably provide.

New guidelines

The guidelines are especially for law enforcement/ other government entities in the United States to use when they are seeking data that concerns Apple device users.

The company  will also accept subpoenas and search warrants, as well as  court orders for the  documents via  fax/ mail from  the law enforcement agencies & all the subpoenas seeking any witness testimony have to either be personally-served on the company / served via the company’s  registered agent. When the requests are received for preserving data, the company will hold the information for 90-days before it gets removed from their storage server, unless that request is then renewed.

The details

The company can  provide the basic registration details  like  names, personal addresses, and email addresses, as well as telephone numbers, though it  notes that the data is 1st verified on signup, &  therefore it will not necessarily be correct . The records from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) support, any iTunes purchases, downloads &  connection logs with the IP addresses can also be obtained with a subpoena / court order, however a search warrant is necessary for the company  to provide the details of the  specific content downloads. More details that the company can provide include the point-of-sale transactions, online purchase-data, shipping addresses among others.