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Apple report on government requests for user data

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Staff writer ▼ | November 5, 2013
AppleApple released a report showing the requests the company received from governments around the world seeking information on its users from January 1 to June 30, 2013.

"At the time of this report, the U.S. government does not allow Apple to disclose, except in broad ranges, the number of national security orders, the number of accounts affected by the orders, or whether content, such as emails, was disclosed. We strongly oppose this gag order, and Apple has made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the U.S. Attorney General, congressional leaders, and the courts.

"Despite our extensive efforts in this area, we do not yet have an agreement that we feel adequately addresses our customers’ right to know how often and under what circumstances we provide data to law enforcement agencies," Apple said in the report.

Apple received between 0 and 1000 law enforcement account requests that ultimately affected between between 2000 and 3000 user accounts. The number of requests about devices is much larger: Apple received 3542 device requests, which in total factored in 8,605 consumer devices. It complied and provided "some data" in 3,110 of those instances.

Outside U.S., the largest number of requests came from the United Kingdom (127), followed by Spain (102), Germany (93), Australia (74), France (71), Japan (62), and Italy (60). Other countries are following with a significantly smaller number of requests. The whole list you can find in this PDF document.

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