Apple releases report on government requests for user data, ‘strongly’ oposes US gag order

It’s certainly not the first, but Apple is the latest major consumer tech company to release a report outlining the requests it receives from governments around the world seeking information on its users. Apple’s document includes requests from all countries and covers a period ranging from January 1st to June 30th of this year.

“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,” reads the introduction to the report. Like other companies, Apple can only list requests from the US government in broad ranges — inquiries from the NSA and other intelligence agencies are lumped into this sum….

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