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Apple shares news: Tech giant planning online tool to support police requests

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Apple shares fell Thursday, amid news the US tech innovator is planning to launch a new tool to help make it easier for police to request information from them. The details of the tool come from a letter seen by a number of news agencies.

No further details on this development have been shared by Tim Cook’s firm.

Apple shares ended the US Thursday trading session 1.66% lower at $223.10. However, the stock is currently a little higher in out-of-hours activity.

Apple’s letter to US Senate

Reuters and Business insider are among the agencies who have reportedly seen the letter detailing Apple’s plans to more easily support police requests.

According to their respective reports, Apple already works with US police in providing some information for valid requests. However, the Cupertino-based tech giant is now set to create an online tool, to make it easier for police to request information and follow the progress of each separate query.

“Later this year, we will launch an online portal for law enforcement agencies around the world to submit lawful requests for data, track outstanding requests, and obtain responsive data from Apple,” the letter sent by Apple general counsel Kate Adams on September 4, states.

“When the portal goes live, law enforcement agents will be able to apply for authentication credentials, giving them the option to submit legal requests online,” the letter goes one.

Online training course

The letter to US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat from Rhode Island, added details of how many police requests Apple has helped with – some 14,000 in 2017 alone. It also gives information as to how many US police officers it has trained to raise valid requests with the iPhone maker.

In addition to the new online police information request tool, Apple said rather continuing to invite US police officers into its offices to train them on how to successfully raise a valid request of information, Apple will also create an online training program for police users.

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