Under no circumstance does Apple want to part with its company secrets. Even when it’s been ordered to do so by a U.S. Judge.
Apple must show in detail how it’s complying with a court order to turn over evidence related to its privacy lawsuit, because U.S. Judge Grewal says he can no longer rely on what Apple tells him in the case.
Apple’s been accused in the lawsuit of collecting iPhone users’ location data, even after devices’ geo-location preferences were turned off. U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in San Jose, California, issued the order once the plaintiffs said Apple kept the documents from court after they had been ordered to produce them.
Luckily for the plaintiffs, Apple has provided more than enough evidence itself to suggest to the court that it has not fully complied with the court’s order. In light of Apple’s performance in this case, the court cannot rely on its representations that this time it really has or will produce all responsive documents.
The case has produced a number of orders from Judge Grewal where Apple has been forced to reveal inner workings of the company that it usually tries to keep secret. Apple says that they’ve been holding back documents to protect customer privacy, but we find that a little hard to believe.