In mid-2021, Apple and Meta provided user data to hackers who forged “emergency data requests” through compromised law enforcement emails. The user data included obtained customer addresses, phone numbers and IP addresses. It is unknown how many times the companies provided data to fraudulent requests. Meta spokesman Andy Stone said the company reviews the legality of data requests and uses “advanced systems and processes to validate law enforcement requests and detect abuse.” Instant messaging platform Snap also received a forged legal request.
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