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Apple updates information disclosure report with more granular data

updated 11:19 pm EST, Mon January 27, 2014

Company reports specifics on law enforcement requests

Apple has revealed more information on how many US national security law enforcement orders that it has responded to between January 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013. Tailoring its report to the new, more relaxed enforcement rules, Apple declared that it had recieved 0-249 orders, with 0-249 accounts affected. Additionally, the company had responded to 927 law enforcement account requests, disclosing data on 747 out of 2330 requested accounts.

Breaking down law enforcement requests a bit further, Apple objected to 102 account requests, refused data release of any kind of 254 accounts, disclosed "non-content" data from 601 accounts, with 71 cases of disclosure of content. Law enforcement requests "most often relate to criminal investigations such as robbery, theft, murder, and kidnapping" according to the Cupertino manufacturer.

In the report, Apple says that it "has been working closely with the White House, the U.S. Attorney General, congressional leaders, and the Department of Justice to advocate for greater transparency with regard to the national security orders we receive. We believe strongly that our customers have the right to understand how their personal information is being handled, and we are pleased the government has developed new rules that allow us to more accurately report law enforcement orders and national security orders in the US."

Apple notes that "personal conversations are protected using end-to-end encryption over iMessage and FaceTime, and Apple does not store location data, Maps searches, or Siri requests in any identifiable form." Regardless of content, Apple claims to review each order to ensure that it is legally issued and as narrowly tailored as possible, and challenges those that it does not see as legitimate or narrow in scope.

by MacNN Staff




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