The Trump administration forced Apple to secretly reveal at least two Democrats’ data

Trump Reportedly Goes Behind Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee

By now you must have heard that Trump’s Justice Department Secretly confiscated phone records of journalists working for the new York Timess, CNN, and Washington Post, in hopes of disclosing its sources and preventing leaks to the press. but Now reporting now that Trump didn’t stop at journalists — in 2017 and 2018, it forced Apple to cough up metadata on at least two Democratic members of the House Intelligence Committee, including Current President Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell, and more than a dozen people in total joined that committee, including family members and at least one child.

Like media outlets, Apple was under a gag order and was unable to tell anyone until this year ended — the only thing we’re learning about it now is because the new administration’s Justice Department summons the press and reveals the gag order. have decided to do.

while one of the NYT’s Sources say that Apple only provides metadata, not the content of photos or emails, It has been well established over the years that metadata is data: you can learn a lot if you know where, when and from whom a person Talking, especially if you combine it with other insights. (a first Now The investigation revealed that the amount of location data smartphones already have to data brokers is enough to identify someone personally.)

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Last Saturday, Department of Justice Promised it would no longer take records secretly from journalists To root out leaks.

Update, June 10, 11 p.m. ET: It was confirmed that Swellwell was part of the investigation.

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