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Justice Department requested data on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple

June 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Department of Justice sent a broad request in February 2018 to Apple as part of its investigation that collected data on members of Congress, staffers and their families. The department demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses from Apple, the company said Friday evening.

Apple received the subpoena from the Justice Department on Feb. 6, 2018, but it contained no information about who the investigation was targeting or why, the company said.

While Apple says it would have normally informed customers, a nondisclosure order prevented it from doing so in this case, the company said.

"In this case, the subpoena, which was issued by a federal grand jury and included a nondisclosure order signed by a federal magistrate judge, provided no information on the nature of the investigation and it would have been virtually impossible for Apple to understand the intent of the desired information without digging through users' accounts," Apple said in the statement.

Microsoft received a subpoena in 2017 related to a congressional staffer's personal email account, the company said Friday evening.

As with the subpoena sent to Apple, Microsoft was subject to a gag order, a company spokesperson said.

After Microsoft notified the account holder of the subpoena, that person contacted Microsoft informing the company of their status as a congressional staffer, Microsoft said.

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