Apple handed information about 4,411 user accounts to U.S. authorities between July and December 2015

Apple handed information about 4,411 user accounts to U.S. authorities between July and December 2015

Apple released its bi-annual Report on Government Information requests yesterday, outlining domestic, international, and national security requests for device and account data handled between July and December last year. U.S. authorities asked for intel on 5,192 accounts, with Apple handing in information about 4,411 of them. Non-content data (such as logs, names, e-mails and other coordinates) was presented for 509 accounts, and actual content (non-specified) was handed over for 322 accounts. Apple objected to 116 cases. U.S. agencies also asked for device information in 4000 filings related to 16,112 units. Apple honored 80% of them.

Outside the U.S., a notable increase in information requests from China is reported. The country made 32 inquiries in relation to 6,724 accounts. This is a humongous increase compared to just 24 inquiries on 85 accounts over the first half of 2015, which Apple explained with ongoing phishing investigations. The company had to handle a total of 178 worldwide emergency requests for information including the contents of communications and customer records. 108 of them came from U.S. bodies.

Account data requests usually contain information originating from a user's iTunes or iCloud subscriptions, which may include name and address, photos, email, iOS device backups, documents, contacts, calendars and bookmarks. All of that can be of potential use to authorities during investigation.

source: Apple via Apple Insider

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75 Comments

1. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Some Men Just Want to Watch the World Burn grab popcorn..

2. ..Z..

Posts: 85; Member since: Apr 16, 2016

Never use a smart phone when committing a crime. Good old Nokia1100 .

9. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Old nokia's can also act as bullet proof vest

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Moral of the story? People need to think twice before they think that Apple won't turn over your data to the government/law enforcement.

6. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@meanestgenius Yup! And Samsung don't even have to handover your personal info to the gMen! FBI can get whatever they want off of your Sammy without making a news! Go figure... One word, ANDROID!

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

What does Samsung and your obvious disdain for Android have to do with this? Just decided to troll Samsung and Android for the hell of it? Also, you are aware that when you hit the "reply" button on someone's comment, that it automatically replies to said comment, correct? No need to "@" anyone.

20. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@meanestgenius Apparently, you're trying too hard to be a genius, but failing miserably at it... Solid, Cold & hard fact... I quote: "No need to "@" anyone" Tell this to Youtube, Tell this to all internet forums... LOLz! I mostly post in forums so I've made sort of a habit to "mention" a specific person this way... There's no harm done...

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

You can always tell when someone is bumburned by a comment when they resort to insults. Solid, cold and hard fact: I quote: "Apparently, you're trying too hard to be a genius, but fail miserably at it...." You clearly didn't understand a word I said, since you're still using the "@" symbol, as if said person didn't already know you were replying to them by the "in response to #..." right there by your post. And considering most of your posts are just the ramblings of Samsung/Android hater, you really don't have a leg to stand on here.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17135; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I can't understand why Samsung phones with KNOX are approved for use by government employees, but iPhones aren't. Hmm...

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Stupidity is the reason, not Apple. Helps to have your facts first tedkord.

21. Unordinary unregistered

They said they do already. People need to think twice with how things work

35. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

"People need to think twice with how things work". Including YOU.

49. Mxyzptlk unregistered

+1 for the truth.

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Blackberry isn't secure, nor is an iPhone... And this is to Samsung fan boys who never miss an opportunity to bash Apple: The reason you never hear about Androids is because they're easy as pie to crack! Ha! Better get a Windows Phone! The toughest nut to crack according to hackers!

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but even a terrorist wouldn't sink so low as to use a Windows phone much less the general public. I mean they're stupid, but not that stupid.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Don't mistake obscurity for "toughest nut to crack". "Windows Phone" is not as secure as you claim.

15. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

@ meanestgenius All it takes is a minute on Google:http://pocketnow.com/2015/11/09/hacker-windows-phone-android-mobile-security Feast your eyes, lads!

29. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Perhaps you missed:http://www.phonearena.com/news/This-60-Minutes-report-should-scare-all-smartphone-users_id80321 It just doesn't matter what OS you use. It's all SOFTware and they all connect to the internet governed by more SOFTware. Hackers already have the time, motivation, and opportunities to get past security. All it really depends on is whether someone lands in the cross-hairs of one.

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

You should read the article that roscuthiii just linked, so you can readily see that your precious "Windows Phone" platform isn't as secure as you make it out to be. Here, let me post it for you again: http://www.phonearena.com/news/This-60-Minutes-report-should-scare-all-smartphone-users_id80321 Read it and weep.

36. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Hold up! ONE hacker states that Windows Phone is the "toughest nut to crack", and you try to pass that off as gospel?! Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!​!!!! You just lost what little credibility you had.

19. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I quote: "Windows Phone" is not as secure as you claim... Why? Just because YOU say so...???

31. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Because your phone comunicate with network and hacker can simply and easily as proven by the link Roscuthiii gave.

34. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not because I say so, because THIS says so: http://www.phonearena.com/news/This-60-Minutes-report-should-scare-all-smartphone-users_id80321 For your viewing pleasure.

44. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Doesn't this mean Samsung or any other phone is no better? Don't really see the point of your first post saying Apple is not secure while every other is the same

46. meanestgenius

Posts: 21485; Member since: May 28, 2014

What I did was state a fact. People on this site was raving about how Apple protects your data and doesn't hand it over to law enforcement/government, when in fact, they hand it over like every other entity. How could you not see that point? And at no time did I ever make the claim in this article that "Samsung or any other phone (manufacturer)" was better, nor did I imply it, so I don't know why you mentioned that.

13. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

Not according to cellebrite's supported device list. Also let's not confuse encrypted devices vs unencrypted devices

8. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I keep my most important data on paper or external HDD, try to steal my passwords from my notebook :P

14. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

external HDD in unencrypted form is the worst thing you can do since it can get stolen just as easy

16. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

So Apple against the FBI is just a smoke screen.......i knew it! Say no to Apple!

23. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

theres a big difference between creating/providing a tool to the FBI vs giving them information from one. also, you seriously have issues even if you do troll for fun.

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