Virginia’s Senator Mark Warner who is slated to become the new chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, alongside the CEOs of Facebook, Google, Gab, Parler, Signal, Telegram, Twitter, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon asking them to preserve any data on each of their messaging services that could yield clues, and/or evidence as to who was behind the attack.
“The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are currently investigating the events of that day, and trying to piece together what happened and the perpetrators involved. The prospect of litigation on behalf of the victims of the mayhem also is highly likely. Messaging data to and from your subscribers that may have participated in, or assisted, those engaged in this insurrection – and associated subscriber information – are critical evidence in helping to bring these rioters to justice.”
The letter, which the Senator’s office announced is not a legally binding request, meaning it holds no real substantial weight besides being a mere “suggestion,” and a heads-up notice to the companies. It remains unclear what Apple would do in this situation as they have been known to protect user content from police investigations.