Apple Updates Law Enforcement Guidelines to Require a Judge’s Approval Before Handing Over Push Notification Records

After Senator Ron Wyden broke the news last week that law enforcement agencies were surveilling people by obtaining their push notification records from Apple and Google, I noted, with disapproval, that Apple required only a subpoena to turn such records over, whereas Google required a subpoena subject to court oversight. Apple has now updated its guidelines, and now requires a search warrant:

The Apple ID associated with a registered APNs token and associated records may be obtained with an order under 18 U.S.C. §2703(d) or a search warrant.

This is good.

Monday, 11 December 2023