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Apple releases an updated report about National Security information requests

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Apple releases an updated report about National Security information requests
Apple has just released a new transparency report, which reveals the number of National Security "requests of information related to law enforcement investigations" for the first half of 2013. This report gets released shortly after the Department of Justice announced that it will allow more detailed disclosures about the "number of national security orders and requests issued to communications providers". The report is an update to a similar one, which was issued on November 5, 2013.

The Cupertino giant's report covers the first six months of 2013 and reveals that the company has received between 0 and 249 National Security orders, which concern between 0 and 249 different user accounts. In addition, Apple states that it has received 927 requests by law enforcement, which concerned 2330 different accounts. Apple disclosed the personal information of no more or less than 747 user accounts. In addition, the company revealed that 81% of the National Security account requests resulted in some kind of data disclosure.

Apple states that it has not received any appeals for bulk data in the said period. The report also claims that "the number of accounts involved in national security orders is infinitesimal relative to the hundreds of millions of accounts registered with Apple". It is important to say that the aforementioned requests include both "FISA letters" and "National Security Letters", which usually allow an institution to reveal data without even admitting that it has been requested to do so and don't require a court order.

"NSLs are limited to transactional data such as a customer’s contact information. Apple is required by law to comply with these NSLs if we have the information requested." - excerpt from Apple's report.

Apple also states that it "reviews each order, whether criminal or under national security authority" and that users should be content about their privacy on, say, iMessage and Facetime, because their data is being encrypted. Even more, it is claimed that no "location data, Maps searches, or Siri requests" are being stored by Apple.

source: Apple, USDOJ via Engadget

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posted on 28 Jan 2014, 10:37 2

1. teja171 (unregistered)


Americans are the worst people on earth.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 12:54 3

6. quakan (Posts: 1184; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Most of us are good people. You've allowed the bad ones to influence your view of the entire group. I feel like there's a word for that...hmm...maybe, stereotype?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 15:30

7. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't know if Americans are the worst people on the earth, but I know that stereotypes do not appear out of nowhere, stereotypes are always based on something.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 16:14

8. quakan (Posts: 1184; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


They're based on ignorant ideas that since a few act a certain way then the whole group must act that way as well. The problem with stereotypes is that they always promote the negative images that a few have done to be representative of how the entire group behaves and they never promote the positive side. Do you see the issue with that or see how that could be problematic for an individual who doesn't want to be represented in that manner?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 06:11 2

10. badini007 (Posts: 18; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


This is what Muslims are facing in the world especially in US, the media also played a major role creating all the islamophobia or sterotypes as you describe them.
Who did 9/11 ?
As per US govt 19 muslims and many of these terrorist were having fake passports.
Now 1.6 billion muslims are blamed for 9/11, is it fair?
Mohamed Atta was not even a good Muslim, he used to drink alcohol, gamble and parting with girls.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 22:13

9. Arirank (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)


Actually not the people, just the government. They interfering anything in another country as good people Tht actually not.. zzz

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 07:36

11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


And what citizens did to change such government?

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 10:51 1

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I believe that Apple collaborates with NSA, in my opinion there is a lot of reasons to believe that Apple collaborates with NSA and almost no reasons to not believe. At least such is my opinion.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 11:41

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1383; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Well, that's your opinion. I think it's total BS. Apple (or Microsoft or Google) can't take the risk that they would be found dealing with NSA. That would be commecial disaster. You hate Apple, I see that, but these days you have to have cryptophone to be even close to fully private.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 11:47

5. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It has nothing to do with my love or hate for Apple. And yes I agree with you that it is a big risk IF they will be found dealing with NSA, but that still doesn't stop some companies from doing that. Also I think that NSA has own methods how to "convince" companies to collaborate with them.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 17:52

12. rallyguy (Posts: 546; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


These are requests for specific accounts. I guarantee you Apple is sending the NSA all of your information, just not personally identifiying you as the source. Meta data is not specific it Apple, it's being taken illegally from everywhere.

posted on 28 Jan 2014, 11:15 5

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2801; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Apple usually never comes clean on a subject until forced.
This is something that defines them to me.

Consider how they handled the news add they were forced to print by the courts in the uk, they scoffed and played on words and wording and print sizing etc... till the courts decided enough was enough clearly spelled it what they had to do with out exception.

Why would they suddenly be upfront and honest?
Of course they bend knee here, with a veiled cloak as usual.
No doubt have their own NDA against that getting out from big brother too.

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