George H. W. Bush, 41st President of the U.S.A., Dies at 94

Statement from Family of President George H.W. Bush (per @Acosta):

For Immediate Release November 30, 2018


DALLAS, TEXAS -“Jeb, Neil, Marvin, Doro, and I are saddened to announce that after 94 remarkable years, our dear Dad has died. George H. W. Bush was a man of the highest character and the best dad a son or daughter could ask for. The entire Bush family is deeply grateful for 41’s life and love, for the compassion of those who have cared and prayed for Dad, and for the condolences of our friends and fellow citizens.”

1992 U.S. Presidential Election was the first one I was aware of. Being raised in Conservative and Republican community, I was rooting for President George Herbert Walker Bush for his re-election bid; even though I had zero clues about U.S. politics.

I still respect and admire him even though over the years I learned about what I disagrees with the 41st U.S. President’s political view and policies.

As a footnote, President George H.W. Bush also lives in music as his likeness graced the cover of “Rust In Peace” as well as his voice in “Foreclosure of a Dream”; Megadeth’s 1990 seminal record and 1992 song off “Countdown to Extinction”.

Apple’s Official Response on Prism

Apple posts its official response regarding U.S. Government’s “Prism” program.

Apple’s Commitment to Customer Privacy

Two weeks ago, when technology companies were accused of indiscriminately sharing customer data with government agencies, Apple issued a clear response: We first heard of the government’s “Prism” program when news organizations asked us about it on June 6. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order.

There’s the “direct access” phrase again.

Like several other companies, we have asked the U.S. government for permission to report how many requests we receive related to national security and how we handle them. We have been authorized to share some of that data, and we are providing it here in the interest of transparency.

Here we go.

From December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. The most common form of request comes from police investigating robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide.

De-emphasizing the surveillance on the individuals.

Regardless of the circumstances, our Legal team conducts an evaluation of each request and, only if appropriate, we retrieve and deliver the narrowest possible set of information to the authorities. In fact, from time to time when we see inconsistencies or inaccuracies in a request, we will refuse to fulfill it.

Let’s say that we have dealt with Apple in requesting informations on stolen Apple Products.

Apple has always placed a priority on protecting our customers’ personal data, and we don’t collect or maintain a mountain of personal details about our customers in the first place. There are certain categories of information which we do not provide to law enforcement or any other group because we choose not to retain it.


For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.

So, use FaceTime and iMessage instead of SMS and phone calls on the iPhone.

We will continue to work hard to strike the right balance between fulfilling our legal responsibilities and protecting our customers’ privacy as they expect and deserve.

Apple will response to judge-signed-warrants.