In a statement to the New York Times, Microsoft stated that it had received a subpoena related to a personal email account in 2017, and later learned that the person was a member of Congress.
The DailyMail.com has contacted Microsoft for more information and additional comments.
Donald Trump’s Justice Department has secretly summoned Microsoft to access the email accounts of Congressional officials to expose sensitive information leaks to the press. Photo: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
In a statement to the DailyMail.com, Apple unknowingly handed over data related to Democrats Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, and then “did not provide information about the nature of the investigation.” Revealed.
An Apple spokeswoman told DailyMail.com, “We will regularly challenge warrants, subpoenas and nondisclosure agreements and notify affected customers of government requests as soon as possible.” Said.
According to the company, the subpoena was issued by a federal grand jury and included a non-disclosure agreement signed by a federal justice of the peace.
‘[The subpoena] No information was provided about the nature of the investigation, and it would have been virtually impossible for Apple to understand the intent of the information in question without delving into the user’s account, “said a spokesman.
“In line with the request, Apple limited the information it provided to account subscriber information and did not provide content such as emails or photos.”
On February 6, 2018, Apple received a federal grand jury summons requesting “customer or subscriber account information” that accompanies the nondisclosure agreement.
Prosecutors, like others frequently received by tech giants, including Apple, searched for a total of 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses on a large, seemingly random request.
The Gag Order was extended three times under the Trump administration, but was not renewed by the Biden administration’s Justice Ministry. The company finally notified the affected customers on May 5th.
The tech giant recently took up how to respond to such a wide range of subpoenas and began limiting legal requirements to 25 identifiers. If there is no gag order, Apple will usually notify the customer immediately of the subpoena.
Apple often challenges subpoenas, but the company refused to comment on DailyMail.com about the number of subpoenas challenged in the year the Swalwell and Schiff data summons were granted.
The New York Times challenged 238 government requests for customer data in the first six months of 2020. This represents about 4 percent of such demands.
Google refused to comment on the New York Times if it received a subpoena related to a House intelligence investigation. The DailyMail.com contacted Google explaining why the company declined to comment.
However, Google issued a gag order in a subpoena, providing government data on the emails of four New York Times reporters, the outlet said. The subpoena was part of the same investigation into a leak by the Trump administration.
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