Apple intending to be transparent about government snooping

Posted by: Jennifer Cefai (2 years, 11 months ago)

Yesterday Apple joined the ranks of other big technology companies when it released the details of the requests it has received from governments worldwide for user information, including account and device details. According to the transparency report, Apple received between 1,000 and 2,000 account information requests from the US alone. The UK came in second with 141 requests, and after it Spain with 104. Amongst the 31 countries listed in the report, only the US doesn’t allow Apple to give the exact number of requests rather than a broad range. To this Apple added that “[they] strongly oppose [the US] gag order, and Apple has made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the US Attorney General, congressional leaders, and the courts.”

Apple makes a point of stating that “[they] believe that [their] customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled,” before emphasizing the company’s “single, straightforward privacy policy. Apple is now one of many companies protesting the US government’s attempt to keep companies from revealing official requests for user data, these including Google, Facebook and Twitter. Despite this alliance, Apple still managed to issue s thinly-veiled swipe at its fellow protestors: “Our business does not depend on collecting personal data. We have no interest in amassing personal information.”

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