Apple releases Report on Government Information Requests around the world
The major topic in tech for the last few months has been the growing concerns over privacy and government overreach. Today Apple released an official report on all government information requests, when that information was given, to which country, and other data relevant to the situation.
In the official statement Apple says, “We believe that our customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled, and we consider it our responsibility to provide them with the best privacy protections available. Apple has prepared this report on the requests we receive from governments seeking information about individual users or devices in the interest of transparency for our customers around the world.”
The multi-page report goes on to say, “This report provides statistics on requests related to customer accounts as well as those related to specific devices. We have reported all the information we are legally allowed to share, and Apple will continue to advocate for greater transparency about the requests we receive.”
In the report Apple reported that the United states contacted Apple for 1000-2000 “Law Enforcement Account Requests”, with 2000-3000 being the number of Accounts Specified in the Requests. Of those accounts Apple states “0-1000” were Data had been Disclosed, the same number was given for “Number of Account Requests Where Apple Objected”, “Number of Account Requests Where Non-Content Data Was Disclosed”, “Number of Account Requests Where No Data Was Disclosed” and “Number of Account Requests Where Some Content Was Disclosed”.
You can read the entire request in PDF form here: apple