Apple's new website makes it easier to see government requests for info on its devices and more

Apple's new website makes it easier to see government requests for info on its devices and more
Apple has launched a new website (via Tech Crunch) for its biannual transparency report. This report details the number of government requests Apple receives for customer information related to its devices. Originally available to the public only in PDF format, Apple is using its new website to make this data easier to access and understand for its customers. The information shows up with each country listed in alphabetical order, and tapping on a link breaks down the data into more detail.

The government requests are divided into different categories, and some requests are included in more than one of them. The different categories include:

  • Device-a request from the government for a serial number or IMEI number to help identify a particular device.
  • Financial Identifier-a request from the government for credit card or gift card information.
  • Account-a request from the government for account information such as an Apple ID or an email address.
  • Emergency-a request from the government for information related to a matter deemed to be an emergency.
During the first half of the year, the U.S. government requested information from Apple on 4,570 unique devices. It asked Apple for data on a Financial Identifier 918 times, and for account information 2,397 times. Requests for data on an emergency basis came up 145 times. However, Apple wasn't able to turn over the requested data each and every time the government asked for it. Apple was able to provide the government with 81% of the device info requested, 84% of the Financial Identifiers it was asked for and 87% of the Account data that was wanted. On those matters deemed to be emergencies, Apple responded with the information 89% of the time. The U.S. had the most request in each category for the first six months of the year, except for the emergency requests. In the U.K., Apple received 172 such government demands for information during the six month period, 17 more than it received in the states.

Those who would rather view the data using a PDF file can see the report right here.



1. Vokilam

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Hey Google, now it’s your turn!

2. tangbunna

Posts: 493; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

We are sorry, our Google Services only provide users data to Advertisement companies.

3. Vokilam

Posts: 1434; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

U sure? Just advertising companies?

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4369; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lol Apple's the one catching up here.

4. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

No data request from an android devices. Sad!!!

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4369; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Lmao you really are clueless

8. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Google has had that for months now...

9. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Someone give me a tldr. This is way too wordy just like all of SD's posts.

10. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

It doesn't mean nothing, it's just counters without anything to support those "requests". I don't see the point of this webpage (it doesn't matter if it was Google, Apple or Samsung). It's like the same thing with benchmarks they are just numbers like those "requests" by the government or whatever

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