Apple has released a report detailing how many government information requests it received between January 1st and June 30 of 2013.
Apple says that customers have the right to know how their personal information is used, and says “we consider it our responsibility to provide them with the best privacy protections available.” Unfortunately, for the US side, it’s difficult to say exactly what is going on. Things are listed in ranges of 1000s. For instance, Apple can only say it received between 0 and 1000 requests. These were between 2000 and 3000 user accounts. As you can see, this makes it very broad and very hard to figure out. It can be a little as 1, or as much as 991 for all we know. This is because it can only list in broad ranges for these information requests in the US. However, Apple says, “We strongly oppose this gag order, and Apple has made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the US Attorney General, congressional leaders, and the courts.”