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Apple discloses government requests for user information

Joel Mathis | Nov. 6, 2013
Apple disclosed content from users' accounts to U.S. government officials fewer than 1000 times during the first six months of 2013, according to a Report on Government Information Requests that the company issued on Tuesday.

Throughout the seven-page report, Apple stressed that it attempts to disclose as little information as possible about its customers to government.

"As we have explained, any government agency demanding customer content from Apple must get a court order," the company said in the report. "When we receive such a demand, our legal team carefully reviews the order. If there is any question about the legitimacy or scope of the court order, we challenge it. Only when we are satisfied that the court order is valid and appropriate do we deliver the narrowest possible set of information responsive to the request."

Apple added that it has not received--and would challenge--any order generated under Section 215 of the Patriot Act. That's the section commonly understood to allow the FBI to obtain a person's "library records" without their knowledge.

The full report is available from Apple's website.


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