“Apple has published the latest edition of its biannual report on Government Information Requests,” Jonny Evans writes for Apple Must. “The report covers the first six months of 2016. It confirms that governments worldwide are making more frequent requests for access to customer data, and that the US makes six times as many account requests as China.”

“Apple says account requests usually involve providing information about an account holder’s iTunes or iCloud account, such as a name and an address,” Evans writes. “‘In certain cases, we are asked to provide customers’ iCloud content, which may include stored photos, email, iOS device backups, documents, contacts, calendars, and bookmarks. We consider these requests very carefully and provide account content when the legal request is a search warrant,’ the company said in its report.”

“Apple confirms that the 1,560 accounts Chinese authorities demanded were predominantly concerned with fraud investigations. It offers no explanation for the 9,090 accounts requested by the US government,” Evans writes. “The UK government made the third biggest number of requests, 310. At least two-thirds of these requests were honored in each country, the report said.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s “Report on Government Information Requests, January 1 – June 30, 2016” is here.

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