Nobody ecpects the Spanish inquisition – Warrant Canary

Dear Reader,

Today, just when Apple starts selling its new iPhones, the warrant canary of Apple went away. You can read about it here. Please also read the updates at the bottom. Also, Apple CEO Tim Cook published this open letter. He just fails to mention, that Apple does “read” your emails to censor filter them in case they (!) consider it spam.

What does that have to do with diablog?

For one, some of our beloved readers and commentators are Apple users. They should know.

And two, our server stores visitor data. The data enable us to see how many visitors we might have, what posts are popular, etc. The visitors data include your IP address. It is stored on our server for one year. Also, when commenting, you are leaving an email address. Hint: It does not have to be yours or a a real one at all.

And last but not least, we all are guilty by association.

Existing and proposed laws, especially as related to the US Patriot Act, etc., provide for secret warrants, searches and seizures of data. To the best of my knowledge, similar laws exist in the UK, and other so-called lawful states.

Some such laws provide for criminal penalties for revealing the warrant, search or seizure, disallowing the disclosure. As we might comply with such warrants and their provisions for secrecy, we also make available, this warrant canary.

Canary-BirdWe declare that, up to today, no warrants have been served,

nor have any searches or seizures taken place.

You should note, if this message ever is removed.

To make checking easier, in the right hand column at the bottom, you will find a link to this post. If this is gone or changed, then something has happened.

Needless to say, we do not expect anything to happen. But then, nobody expects the Spanish inquisition.

Stay sane,

Engine Room

4 thoughts on “Nobody ecpects the Spanish inquisition – Warrant Canary

  1. ER, I must admit I’m beginning to agree with Glynsky , I’m totally lost in your blogs.
    I always thought Smiles was a dinosaur when it came to phones & PC’s, but I’m wondering if I’m slowly slipping into the abyss myself.

    Greetings from a non independent Scotland.

    1. Dear Druid,

      My sincerest apologies for being unclear. Maybe this helps:

      The USA (and other governments) collect data on people. They want ALL data, on ALL people, no exception.
      Some big companies with tons of user data like Microsoft cooperate fully and automatically send or hand over everything. Or give the government full access from the start like AT&T.

      Some companies do not cooperate and request a court order before handing over data, like Google and Apple.
      These usually secret court orders come with an injunction. Then the company is not allowed to reveal, that it was requested to hand over data and did so.

      One way to inform the public about having received such secret court order(s) with injunction is the “Warrant Canary”. It is a tool to signify to users that, so far, they have not been subject to a law enforcement request. If the canary disappears, then it is likely the situation has changed — and the company has been subject to such request.

      Think of it as dead man’s switch.

      Apple used the warrant canary, and as of today it is gone. Apple obviously cannot claim anymore, to not have received a secret subpoena with an injunction.
      Meaning, user data at Apple is neither safe, nor secure.

      Our warrant canary is up. When it isn’t anymore, we probably have received a subpoena.

      Hope that helps,

  2. WTF?
    And I thought the ceeeegar I bought you made you mellow.
    When we next meet bring a canary – I can use it to ensure I don’t die from your CO exhalations.

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