Apple revealed details of the requests of US intelligence




Apple received about 250 requests from US National Security Agency (NSA), according to the updated privacy policy, which appeared online on November 27. For comparison, from January to June 2013, Microsoft said about 15-16 thousand. Requests from the NSA and Google – about 10,000.


Law enforcement agencies often ask Apple to disclose information about the device or user account, according to RBC . The request for the issuance of the content is executed only if the search warrant, the company says. If Apple is obliged by law to provide any information to law enforcement agencies, the corporation will warn the user if she is allowed to do this, and give the minimum amount of information.

Most likely, this is the serial number of the device or other non-personal data: The company particularly focuses on the fact that in iOS 8 all personal information stored on the servers of Apple, such as photographs or messages, is protected by a password that Apple can not get around. “We are technically unable to fulfill the requirements of state authorities to extract information from devices running iOS 8” – stated on the website of the American corporation.

Queries related to national security, fall into a separate group. Total from January to June 2014 Apple has received from the NSA no more than 250 such requests. “We would like to operate more precise figures, but, unfortunately, by law we can not tell you the details,” – said the creators of the site.

Most of the requests (93%) of the law enforcement agencies to Apple goes on behalf of owners who had stolen equipment. Other requests (7%) are related to situations where the police want to get information about the user.


In February 2014 the major technology companies have disclosed information about the number of requests from US intelligence concerning users. In the first six months of 2013, Microsoft unveiled details about 15-16 thousand. Accounts of their users, Google told about 9-10 thousand. Its users, the social network Facebook – about 5-6 thousand. Accounts. The record became a search engine and e-mail service Yahoo !, which reported 30 thousand. Requests concerning accounts of its users.

The fact that Apple does not disclose details of their user state structures and special services does not automatically have access to their servers in any country, the company’s CEO Tim Cook has said in an open letter September 17, 2014. He promised that the section of the privacy policy will be updated at least once a year.

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