In a new Wikileaks email release, the relationship between tech giant Apple and law enforcement is brought front and center.
In an email to John Podesta, an Apple representative by the name of Lisa Jackson is congratulating Podesta on Secretary Hillary Clinton’s interview on 60 Minutes back in December of 2015. In the interview, Clinton makes the case about encryption and other security related protocols. After stating Apple will continue to work with law enforcement on these matters, Jackson revealed an interesting tidbit of information…
The email can be read below, and bolded is where Jackson admits Apple’s collusion with the government on accessing people’s Apple phones and devices:
I wanted to reach out to say thanks for the principled and nuanced stance the Secretary took last night on encryption and the tech sector. Leadership at Apple certainly noticed and I am sure that is true though out the Valley.
Please know that Apple will continue its work with law enforcement. We share law enforcement’s concerns about the threat to citizens and we work closely with authorities to comply with legal requests for data that have helped solve complex crimes. Thousands of times every month, we give governments information about Apple customers and devices, in response to warrants and other forms of legal process. We have a team that responds to those requests 24 hours a day. Strong encryption does not eliminate Apple’s ability to give law enforcement meta-data or any of a number of other very useful categories of data.
Tonight, Tim and Apple will be featured on “60 Minutes.” We expect encryption and taxes to be covered. In previews, Tim reacts strongly to the EU tax investigation of Apple and other American companies. We will amplify encryption messaging tomorrow when we publicly release our comments on the draft UK Investigatory Powers bill.
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