Apple releases report on its government information requests

As Microsoft has done in the past, Apple has now offered up a very broad and general report on the amount of information requests that it gets from governments all over the world. In its first public document of its type ever released, Apple also took the time to slam the U.S. government for a lack of information transparency that Apple is forced to accept because of current laws and court orders.

The report itself covers the petitions Apple got in the first half of 2013. In the case of the United States, Apple received between 1,000 to 2,000 requests for information that cover 2,000 to 3,000 accounts from government authorities. Apple said it disclosed customer data from less than 1,000 of these accounts.

If you think that's pretty vague information, you aren't alone. Apple used the report to make the case that the government is wrong to keep most of this data a secret. It says, "We strongly oppose this gag order, and Apple has made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the U.S. Attorney General, congressional leaders, and the courts."

Microsoft and Google have both filed lawsuits against the U.S. government in an attempt to offer the public more in-depth statistics on these info requests. Apple stated today that it has filed an Amicus brief to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that supports a number of cases asking for more transparency.

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"Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA
Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us"

Well, that statement certainly isn't completely truthful. If Apple has received an order under Section 215, it wouldn't be allowed to disclose this and would be bound by law to lie. How it would also challenge it, I have no idea.

the evn show said,
You forgot the pronoun.

True, and WP also "corrected" Quis to Qui where the former is the interrogative declination of "who" while the latter is the affirmative one
I do not know if it is just me but when using WP Neowin does not allows me to edit comments. The correct phrase is:
Quis custodies ipsos custodiet

These government info requests are really the business of the govt. It is the same as the police coming in, doing surveillance and getting information about alleged ciminals. Releasing anything specific regarding the information requests could comprise federal investigations or even national security.

Unfortunately, the government is not trusted by most in the country and therefore are not interested in letting them get by with just saying these things are for national security.

Also, these companies are being damaged in the public's eyes since they are made to look complicit in these surveillance actions.

This doesn't require the government to give out all info, but there is a middle ground where they allow these companies to maybe talk about what reasons the info was given. Say it was a specific terrorist threat. I don't see how confirm that would harm an investigation.

so if the police come in to your house, search it, and then tell you that you'll be arrested if you tell anyone, you're ok with that? i mean, it is only really the business of the police, right?