Apple: Governments Asked For User Data 30,000 Times In Second Half of 2015


unhackable iphone fbi appleShort Bytes: In the second half of 2015, Apple received a total of around 30,000 data requests from different law enforcement agencies globally. Most of the data requests are from Germany and the US. This was recently revealed in Apple’s transparency report.

After the famous case of San Bernardino killing spree and it’s iPhone angle, Apple has released a transparency report where it clearly shows the number of privacy and data requests to Apple from various parts of the world.

In the last two quarters of 2015 or in the second half of 2015, Apple received around 30,000 data requests from different law enforcement agencies globally. This data was published in Apple’s transparency report.

Here is a sneak preview of the major data requests that were sent to Apple in the second half of 2015:

  • 4,000 data requests from the US law enforcement agencies in the July-December period out of which 80 percent were served.
  • 11,000 data requests coming from Germany.
  • 7,300 data requests from the Asia-Pacific region including 11 countries including 3,000 from Australia, more than 1,900 from Singapore and some 1,000 from China.

In the transparency report, a total of 30,687 law enforcement requests from authorities around the world were received. These requests involved more than 167,000 devices. When compared to the first six months of the year 2015, a total of 26,000 requests were received affecting more than 360,000 devices.

Also Read: Apple To FBI: “Please Hack Us Again And Show How You Did It”

The news comes with Apple at the center of a controversy over whether it can be compelled to help authorities decrypt devices where only the user has encryption “keys.”

The report says,

“When we receive an account request from law enforcement requesting a customer’s personal information, we will notify the customer a request concerning their personal data was made unless we are explicitly prohibited from doing so, for extreme situations when we believe disclosing information could put a child or other person in serious danger.”

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Amar Shekhar

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