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Apple complies with over 80% of U.S. government data requests

by Jacob Kleinman | April 19, 2016April 19, 2016 11:40 am PST

Apple’s taken a strong stand against the FBI when it comes to breaking encryption on its devices but,  for the most part, it’s been willing to go along with information requests from the U.S. government. The company’s latest transparency report reveals it complies with just over 80 percent of requests in the country.

The report covers six months in 2015 from July 1 to December 31, breaking requests down into a couple of sections and country by country. In the U.S., Apple says it received 1,015 requests for customer account information covering 5,192 individual accounts. The company mostly complied, disclosing data for 4,411 accounts for an average of 82 percent.

When it comes to individual devices, the U.S. government requested access to 16,112 Apple products in the same six months. Apple turned over information 80 percent of the time.

The report also reveals some interesting information from around the world. Canada has extremely low numbers, with the country’s government requesting access to just 36 devices in the same six months and Apple complying 67 percent of the time. In Europe, Germany’s government appears to place the most requests by a wide margin, while Singapore has the highest number of device requests in Asia.

Check out the full breakdown in the gallery up top, or hit the source link to read Apple’s entire report for yourself.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...