Apple releases transparency report, reveals government’s security requirements for customer data

Apple on Friday released its semi-annual transparency report, revealing the demands of governments around the world on user data, according to cNET, amedia outlet. Apple said governments made 31,778 device requests between January 1 and June 30, 2019, an increase of 500 from the first half of 2018. Apple provided data, including which customers were associated with which devices, as well as purchases, customer service, and repair information to those governments, where Apple met 82 percent of the requirements.

Apple releases transparency report, reveals government's security requirements for customer data

Germany again put forward the largest number of equipment requirements, to 13,558. The United States made 4,796 requests in six months. In addition, account requests (for example, details about iCloud and iTunes accounts) reached 6,480 in six months. Apple provided details 85% of the time. Most of this came from the United States, with 3,619 requests.

Apple also provided details of national security-related requests made by the U.S. government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Over a six-month period, the company received 0 to 499 FISA non-content data requests, such as subscriber and transaction information for 11,000 to 11,499 users and accounts, and 0 to 499 FISA content requests such as photos, email, device backups, Contacts and calendars (up to 18,499 users and accounts).

In addition, national security communications received from the FBI on issues such as subscriber data, involving 2,500 to 2,999 users and accounts, received between 0 and 499 requests. The letters were issued by the FBI without the supervision or approval of the court.