Despite the small requests, the second half of last year had high demands of data from twice as many iPhones, Macs, iPads by authorities. Unlike the first half that had smaller demands.
During the late hours of Monday, Apple unveiled that the US government has sent a secret national security letter demanding personal details on a customer. This was made known in Apple’s most recent biannual transparency report where it said to have declassified the secret subpoena.
It is common to all national security letters to have a gag on order to send over customer data. This extends to restricting the customer, the company or any other person from uncovering the contents.
Following the report, the company didn’t make known the date it received the letter, or publish the data. A spokesperson for the business fails to provide a comment as regards that when reached.
The FBI is compelled to check the gag orders linked to national security letters routinely, this is following the intelligence community reform effort in the Freedom Act passed in 2015 – it has contributed in publicizing of the letters, as well challenges from Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Cloudfare.
More on the report by the company
It was also made known by the corporation that it unveiled a surge in requests for device data, as well national security orders. It was included in the report that the US authorities want to access the on twice as much Apple devices in the second part of last year, although fewer requests were submitted in total. It was recorded that from January to June, there were about 4,822 data requests on 10,260 devices, but this went way up to about 4,254 requests from data on 20,013 devices just between July and December.
Apple also got between 5,750 and 5,999 national security orders that were effective on about 4,750 to 4,999 accounts. This was more than twice of the reported figure during the early part of the year.
Regarding the reports earlier, the company denied receiving orders for bulk data, especially those related to phone-based data collection.
Currently, there are still reporting restrictions on national security demands imposed on Apple, as well other companies.