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Is this the extent of Apple's involvement with the government?

L.A. Times 2013/06/17 15:00:00
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Apple Inc., said it received 4,000 to 5,000 requests for customer data from U.S. officials during the six months ending in May, as it became the latest high-tech company to provide some details on its involvement in the National Security Agency's Internet surveillance program.



The requests involved 9,000 to 10,000 customer accounts or devices, the company said in a statement on its website. Not all the requests involved the NSA's controversial Prism program, which the company said it did not know about until revelations in the news media on June 6.

The data requests came from federal, state and local authorities and involved national security matters and criminal investigations, Apple said.

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  • Tea in the Harbor 2013/06/17 19:29:04
    No
    Tea in the Harbor
    +8
    Apple has been working closely with the Chinese government for decades to bring human slavery back to life, and doing a pretty good job of it.

    Why wouldn't they work with our government too?

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  • frankie 2013/06/20 14:09:24
    No
    frankie
    nothing new with apple. they have always been a big hate american company. sharing info with china why not our crooked goverment.
  • PapaBC 2013/06/18 15:08:55
    No
    PapaBC
    Apple is in on it up to their eyeballs. It is all about the dictator and of course that ever big thing MONEY
  • Steelshrt 2013/06/18 10:09:20
    No
    Steelshrt
    I trust no self serving entity to tell the truth.
  • redhorse29 2013/06/18 07:47:56
    Yes
    redhorse29
    Yes. All the big tech companies are aligned with providing government anything they want. There is a show of separation but business will provide the requested data. All the big companies make or coordinate providing big political donations at all levels of government. There is a contract between the two. In exchange government frequently ignores buyer or public abuse until there is a visible public uprising. I trust business and government to cover support each other proportional to their power and influence.
  • Logical American 2013/06/18 05:58:33
    No
    Logical American
    Come on now, can anyone trust anyone related to this scandal at all to not lie?
  • Nicholas DeShane 2013/06/18 04:44:41 (edited)
    No
    Nicholas DeShane
    +1
    Apple is ran by a bunch of greedy self interested pricks. I thought it was just Gates but they got way worse when he retired, hard to believe but he must have been holding back their greed a little.
  • rbeas Nichola... 2013/06/18 08:45:18
    rbeas
    That is big business period.
  • Matt Nichola... 2013/06/18 09:08:34
    Matt
    new conspiracy... apple was ran by gates
  • SenMizeri Nichola... 2013/06/18 17:10:19
    SenMizeri
    Like Gates, he's a very talented man who deserves his fortune since he worked for it. But Microsoft have gone far too focused on the profit over the product
  • Faye 2013/06/18 04:34:09
    No
    Faye
    I know that the government has Apple in it's big bureaucratic pocket.
  • rbeas Faye 2013/06/18 08:49:42
    rbeas
    It is not just apple it is all big business they all make political contributions expecting government cover
  • abubincrazy 2013/06/18 03:49:17
    Yes
    abubincrazy
    +1
    The Obama regime is a criminal monstrosity.
    They have bribed and threatened their way to power, and continue to bribe and threaten and abuse power.
    They are the biggest mistake America ever allowed to happen.
  • Nichola... abubinc... 2013/06/18 04:46:51 (edited)
    Nicholas DeShane
    +2
    Slavery and native American genocide was worse, no matter how bad things seem one must strive to have historical perspective, as of yet the Obama administration has not surpassed the horrors of children dying from small pox infected blankets dolled out by our government. Think about the phrase "the trail of tears", the name says it all, as bad as things are, there have been far worse atrocities carried out, just like the bible the words of the founding fathers have been perverted and distorted in the past to justify carrying out great atrocities.
  • abubinc... Nichola... 2013/06/18 16:45:59
    abubincrazy
    Historical perspective?
    Slavery still exists all over the world, but not in America.
    Genocide happens in many places today...primarily muslims murdering non-muslims.
    Not in America.
    Atrocities?
    The most heinous mass-murderers in history have been socialist and fascist dictatorships.
    Not America.
    Obi is intentionally, criminally abusing his position to destroy our country.
    He is the greatest mistake, the most God-awful thing to ever happen to America.
  • Aqua Su... Nichola... 2013/06/20 17:59:01
    Aqua Surf BTO-t-BCRA-F
    Obama is worse for if for no other reason than he should know better, if you're going to history as an indicator. He is the worst not because he didn't learn from history but because to destroy a free and prosperous America has been his willful intention all along.
  • JohnDeuxTrois95 2013/06/18 02:02:48
    No
    JohnDeuxTrois95
    +1
    I get the strange feeling that all the data from the GPS chip implanted in all Apple devices might have been involved their exchanges.
  • rbeas JohnDeu... 2013/06/18 08:53:19
    rbeas
    +1
    It is any GPS chip not just apple
  • JohnDeu... rbeas 2013/06/18 18:06:08
    JohnDeuxTrois95
    Yes but most companies don't turn on the GPS without a request from the owner or the police. Apple on the other hand has them turned on at all times. Also they have chips in their iPods and iPads in addition to the phones.
  • rbeas JohnDeu... 2013/06/18 18:11:08
    rbeas
    If u r using an app it could
  • spiritgal33 2013/06/17 23:34:37
    No
    spiritgal33
    +1
    the government has their hooks into them so why stop now...
  • Texas Johnny 2013/06/17 22:48:23
    Yes
    Texas Johnny
    C'mon! If you believe that all big businesses are run by republicans and are looking out for you, your dead wrong!
    What you see with Obama is crony capitalism, plain and simple. This has been around since the industrial age began in our country and no President was immune. President Eisenhower warned us of the "Military -Industrial Complex" and has had various forms since them. Right now, it centers around security and surveillance. The mega-corp big wigs will always side with the party that will give them the bigger, better deal. Right Now, G.E. and its head, Jeffery Imlet are part Obama's green energy and Obama-care agenda because his company can make billions off government largess. Most of Wall Street gave to Obama in his last two campaigns. Apple will be no different. Their execs are big time democrat donors and will do anything for the Dear Leader!
  • rbeas Texas J... 2013/06/18 08:56:37
    rbeas
    That is the way all big business work they donate and expect protection
  • Texas J... rbeas 2013/06/18 17:25:45
    Texas Johnny
    Yep! How unfortunately true!
  • GINGERBREAD 2013/06/17 19:42:24
    Yes
    GINGERBREAD
    +1
    Of course, that's where the money is. This is called "CRONY CAPITALISM", which is the exact opposit of the "FREE ENTERPRISE SYSTEM". What the outcome will be is a FASCIST GOVERNMENT. But this is what you voted for.
  • rbeas GINGERB... 2013/06/18 18:13:30
    rbeas
    Could b if the Republicans are in control
  • Tea in the Harbor 2013/06/17 19:29:04
    No
    Tea in the Harbor
    +8
    Apple has been working closely with the Chinese government for decades to bring human slavery back to life, and doing a pretty good job of it.

    Why wouldn't they work with our government too?

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