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07-November 2013

Revealed: Apple lists the governments that request the most information

Find out where Australia stands in the list

From January to June there were almost 3,000 requests from 31 countries

Apple has joined the likes of Facebook and Google by releasing figures showing how many times governments around the world have requested personal information about its customers.

From 1 January to 30 June this year there were almost 3,000 data requests made from 31 countries - with the U.S and UK topping the list.

Apple said the most common requests related to 'robberies and other crimes', requests from law enforcement agencies searching for missing people or hoping to prevent a suicide, and data about the owners of lost or stolen phones.

TOP TEN GOVERNMENT REQUESTS

  1. U.S - between 1,000 and 2,000 requests about 2,000 to 3,000 accounts
  2. UK - 127 requests about 141 accounts. Amount granted: 37 per cent
  3. Spain - 102 requests about 104 accounts. Amount granted: 22 per cent
  4. Germany - 93 requests about 93 accounts. Amount granted: 6 per cent
  5. Australia - 74 requests about 75 accounts. Amount granted: 54 per cent
  6. France - 71 requests about 72 accounts. Amount granted: 24 per cent
  7. Italy - 60 requests about 72 accounts. Amount granted: 37 per cent
  8. Japan - 42 requests about 49 accounts. Amount granted: 24 per cent
  9. Hong Kong - 32 requests about 33 accounts. Amount granted: 75 per cent
  10. Singapore - 23 requests about 23 accounts. Amount granted: 57 per cent

The firms said it assesses every data request it receives 'carefully' and did not grant all requests for information it received in the first half of this year.

The U.S has forbidden Apple from declaring exact figures, but the California-based tech giant said it received between 1,000 and 2,000 requests from law enforcements across various states. It granted between zero and 1,000 of these requests.

The UK made 127 requests for personal information concerning a total of 141 accounts. Only 37 per cent of these were granted.

Third place went to Spain with 102 requests made about 104 accounts, with 22 per cent of these granted.

Surprisingly, Germany, renowned for its strong stance on privacy, was in fourth place asking for information about 93 accounts and receiving data on six per cent.

According to the report, responding to an account request usually involved providing information about an account holder's iTunes or iCloud account, such as a name and address.

Apple said in very rare cases it was asked to provide stored photos or email and considered each request on a case-by-case basis.

The Full List

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Remember that other companies data such as Google is not included. Requests may be much higher for those not included

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