Having an iPhone doesn’t stop Google handing over your data to the police. Apple has long touted itself as more privacy-conscious than competitors like Google, and even opposed the FBI over a case it said would set a “dangerous precedent” for user privacy.
Apple expressed that:
It doesn’t have the ability to furnish law enforcement with data in the same way as Google.
But it has been found that Google is giving law enforcement data from both Android devices and iPhones when requests are granted.
“The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge,” CEO Apple Tim Cook wrote.
Google’s cooperation with law enforcement is not blind. It requires a warrant, and officials told the Times that Google has pushed back on searches it considers overly broad.