Apple says US authorities ask for data 5,000 times since December

 
City A.M. Reporter
APPLE received over the last six months between 4,000 and 5,000 requests for customer data from US law enforcement authorities relating to criminal investigations and national security matters.

Microsoft and Facebook published similar data last week after reaching a deal about disclosures with US national security authorities.

“We have asked the US government for permission to report how many requests we receive related to national security and how we handle them. We have been authorised to share some of that data,” Apple said yesterday.

Apple said that the requests were received from 1 December 2012 to 31 May 2013, and between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests.

The most common form of request came from police investigating robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide, it said.