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Apple revises its Legal Process Guidelines following push notification spying scandal

Last week, concerns were raised about governments spying on smartphone users via push notifications on both iOS and Android devices. In response to this, Apple has updated its Legal Process Guidelines.

In a statement, Apple mentioned that US Senator Ron Wyden’s concerns prompted them to share more details on how governments monitored push notifications. They mentioned that the federal government previously prohibited them from sharing any information, but now they are updating their transparency reporting to detail these kinds of requests.

Previously, the section read the push notification token could be obtained with “a subpoena or greater legal process.” Stepping up to requiring a search warrant is a significant change and reflects the same requirements provided by Google.

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