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Friday 21 September 2018

Apple got five legal requests for info

APPLE received five law enforcement account requests from authorities in Ireland during the first six months of the year.

Irish authorities asked the tech giant to hand over data belonging to the users, the company unveiled.

The company provided customer data to authorities in three out of the five cases – but it said that all of the information was non-content account information.

Apple said only a small number of requests from international authorities and governments seek personal information garnered from iTunes, iCloud or the Game Centre.

There was only one incident of content data being disclosed about an account in the six-month period and that was recorded in the UK.

In the US, authorities asked for data belonging to nearly 3,000 people.

Apple said that it wanted to be transparent.

"We believe that our customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled, and we consider it our responsibility to provide them with the best privacy protections available," it said.

"Apple has prepared this report on the requests we receive from governments seeking information about individual users or devices in the interest of transparency for our customers around the world."

According to the report, the most common requests involve robberies and other crimes or requests from police searching for missing people or hoping to prevent a suicide.

cmurphy@herald.ie

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