Apple Discloses GOV Data Requests in Wake of PRISM/NSA

macsPZ(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – As part of its “commitment to customer privacy,” tech giant Apple on Sunday moved to detail data requests made by the government. The announcement follows the leak of classified information regarding the NSA’s counter-terrorism PRISM program.

“From December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters,” stated the company via a press release.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant also said the majority of data requests pertained to things such as robberies, missing children, suicide prevention and even trying to locate missing Alzheimer’s patients.

Apple also took time to distance itself from PRISM, noting at no time did it let the U.S. government have direct access to its data center servers.

Disclosing data requests by the U.S. government is nothing new. Google regularly issues “transparency reports” in which it does the same.

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