The New York Times reported that the Justice Department served Apple with a court order in a case “involving guns and drugs,” demanding it provide real-time access to iMessage, Apple’s proprietary service for sending messages between iPhones.
Apple refused — not because it necessarily wanted to, but because it couldn’t comply. The iPhone and iPad maker reportedly told the feds that the service is encrypted, making it impossible for the company, let alone the feds, to access the data they demanded, unlike phone companies which, under US wiretap laws, are required to comply.
Apple may be fined for protecting your privacy from government spies.
The full story by Zack Whittaker is available in ZDNet at http://goo.gl/CgKug3.
Also see my earlier story about this issue at http://goo.gl/4wLOyE.