Apple Fields Hundreds of Regulation Enforcement Requests: Report

Whereas Apple and the federal government have clashed in courtroom over how a lot assist regulation enforcement ought to get in accessing iDevices, the corporate and investigators have continued to work collectively in hundreds of requests for info.

The corporate offered at the very least some info in response to eighty % of the four,000 system-associated requests from U.S. regulation enforcement between July 1 and December 31, 2015, in accordance with a transparency report launched by Apple on Monday. These requests coated a complete of sixteen,112 units, in comparison with 9,717 units that investigators requested for assist with within the first half of 2015.

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Apple gave U.S. investigators some information in eighty one % of gadget requests within the first half of 2015, and seventy nine % within the second half of 2014.


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Most of those gadget requests need to do with odd inconveniences, like a misplaced telephone. Sometimes the corporate can present info like the right way to get in contact with the system’s proprietor, for instance, when investigators have authorized authorization.

"The overwhelming majority of the requests we obtain from regulation enforcement relate to details about misplaced or stolen units," Apple writes in its report. "Any authorities company demanding buyer content material from Apple should get a search warrant."

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The corporate acquired requests for info on 5,192 particular person buyer accounts — such because the buyer identify on an iCloud account — within the second half of 2015, and helped at the very least partially in eighty two % of these instances.

Apple started releasing transparency studies in 2013, saying "clients have a proper to know how their info is dealt with." Extra lately, Apple has resisted makes an attempt by authorities businesses to make use of the All Writs Act to compel the corporate to assist investigators entry and take away knowledge from locked units, together with within the case of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Farook.

Representatives of the FBI and Apple are scheduled to seem on a pair of panels on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to reply lawmakers’ questions on encryption.