2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 08:36
The largest US IT companies are introducing a new policy regarding the provision of information about their users to the secret services - from now on they will notify citizens that law enforcement agencies are interested in their confidential data.
At the moment, Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google are already implementing such a policy, and Yahoo will join them in the summer. Thus, the companies are obviously trying to rehabilitate themselves in the eyes of users after the revelatory reports of the former NSA employee Edward Snowden. However, the situation is twofold. First, not all users who are interested in special services will receive notifications. For example, a written request from the FBI to provide information about the identity of a suspect cannot be published, as well as a request related to the identification of foreign intelligence agents or any other request whose disclosure is restricted by a court or other authorized body. Roughly speaking, companies will be able to notify only those users who are interested in the local police station and nothing more.
Secondly, already now The Washington Post reports that such a policy of Apple, Google and the company leads to a decrease in crime detection, since investigators refuse to send requests to IT giants so that suspects do not learn about the actions of law enforcement officers ahead of time. It is not yet known how the US authorities will react to the initiative of technology companies, but even now it can be assumed that confrontation on this matter is hardly to be expected - the most important information for state security will continue to be collected without the knowledge of citizens.
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