(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – In a move reminiscent of other tech providers like Google and Microsoft, Apple on Tuesday disclosed government information requests.
The details arrive as the NSA’s data gathering techniques receive increasing scrutiny from the public and privacy rights activists.
In the U.S. alone, Apple revealed that law enforcement had made between 1000 to 2000 requests for account information between January and June of this year.
Outside the United States, other countries didn’t have nearly as many data requests. For example, 127 data requests were made in the UK, 102 data requests were made in Spain, 93 in Germany and just 60 in Italy.
“We have no interest in amassing personal information about our customers. We protect personal conversations by providing end-to-end encryption over iMessage and FaceTime. We do not store location data, Maps searches, or Siri requests in any identifiable form,” Apple emphasized in a PDF report made available via its website.
Apple, meanwhile, emphasized that it was not currently allowed to report data requests related to national security orders and exactly what kind of platform the data pertained to – whether it be emails or content.
You can view Apple’s full report on the information requests here (apple.com).