Apple releases “Report on Government Information Requests”

We believe that our customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled, and we consider it our responsibility to provide them with the best privacy protections available. Apple has prepared this report on the requests we receive from governments seeking information about individual users or devices in the interest of transparency for our customers around the world.

  • “At the time of this report, the U.S. government does not allow Apple to disclose, except in broad ranges, the number of national security orders, the number of accounts affected by the orders, or whether content, such as emails, was disclosed.” -> We had that in Germany, for quite some time, you know.

    • jacksonsquire

      Except then it was disclosure of nothing.

      But, the entire document isn’t really providing anyone with any truly useful information regardless of what country’s information they’re looking at. It’s intended to be a big FU to the U.S. government — as it should be — because they’re the only one on that list which has vague ranges that are reasonably higher than everyone else’s.

      It’d be nice if Apple put quite a bit more of its muscle towards pressuring the U.S. government to F-off. The pressure after the Snowden leaks seems to be getting the ball rolling on some things at least. Not holding my breath, though. 🙂