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Apple, Facebook and Google will tell you when the government wants your data

May 2 2014, 1:21pm CDT | by , in News | Other Stuff

Apple, Facebook and Google will tell you when the government wants your data
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Department of Justice believes that this initiative is going to give enough time to criminals to flee or even destroy any evidence

The US government had been requested by some companies for permission to publish federal data but these requests so far have yielded no replies at all. Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft will now be updating their privacy policies in order to expand the types of disclosure notifications. These are the notifications which are given to the company’s customers regarding how often and when the government requests their data. According to the The Washington Post these tech companies are going to get information about information requests from a certified judge or any other person with some legal authority.

However, this step is not being favored and liked by the government for obvious reasons. This has certainly become a source of concern for the Department of Justice because they think that this initiative is going to give enough time to criminals to flee or even destroy any evidence that could be used against them. Following this, Google updated the policy and has added a new clause that states that data is only withheld when there's "imminent risk" of physical harm to a potential crime victim. Apple obviously wasn’t going to stay behind and a spokesperson from the company said that the customers will be notified in only some cases when law enforcement requests their personal information.

source: washingtonpost

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