Cyrus Farivar reports:
While Apple won’t confirm it, the company has removed its warrant canary from its latest transparency report, issued this week. While this could mean that the company has received a new secret government order to provide user data, there is still another more likely possibility: it’s not publishing warrant canaries at all.
The newest transparency report states in a table that Apple received “0-249” National Security Orders from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014. That precise band of numbers matches precisely the government’s suggested guidelines.
“I’m not sure that this closes the door on using a warrant canary, but if a company was inclined to follow this, I don’t see how you could do that and have a canary because all of these start at zero,” Mark Rumold, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, told Ars.
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