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Apple Confirms Government Spying via Push Notifications

December 14, 2023
Contributed by: Bill Russell
Summary
Apple secretly tracked, surveilled users via push notifications due to undisclosed government order. Gag order lifted after Senator Ron Wyden urged Justice Department allow Apple, Google disclose push notification record requests. Apple, Google required to share user push notification information, often with only a subpoena. Now public, Apple updating its transparency reports. Even encrypted messaging apps vulnerable due to unencrypted push notifications, which could link user to their Apple ID. Apple updated Legal Process Guidelines to include push notifications. Google stricter than Apple, requires court order. Apple, Google provided metadata related to push notifications to foreign, U.S. government agencies. Push notifications considered a 'privacy nightmare'.
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