"Just a few weeks after Microsoft revealed that President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) has been secretly spying on investigative reporting outlet Project Veritas, Apple and Google have revealed that they were also subject to secret surveillance orders that required them to hand over information from the professional and private accounts of Project Veritas and its security detail.
Apple and Google received nine secret subpoenas and warrants from the DOJ between November 2020 and March 2021. These secret subpoenas and warrants required these tech companies to hand over information about Project Veritas and its security detail. The DOJ also compelled Apple and Google not to disclose that they were secretly providing this private information to the government.
Google provided highly sensitive personal information on several Project Veritas employees to the DOJ including their payment information, browsing history, and device media access control (MAC) address (which can be used to identify devices and track their activity).
Two of the DOJ’s subpoenas demanded highly sensitive personal information on two Google accounts, one of which was connected to a separate non-Google email address. These subpoenas demanded the account holders’:
Primary and alternate telephone numbers
Primary and alternate email addresses
Social security numbers
Records of session times and durations
Records of any internet protocol (IP) addresses used by the subscriber at the beginning, end, and at any time during these sessions (which can be used to monitor a subscriber’s location and their web browsing activity)
Browser and operating system information
Device media access control (MAC) address
Means and source of payment for services (including any credit card or bank account numbers)
Account notes and logs, including any customer-service communications or other correspondence with the subscriber
Length of service (including start date) and types of service utilized
Investigative files or user complaints concerning the subscriber"
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