Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:APPL) has joined the transparency club that already has Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO), Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Twitter, Inc. and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). These companies will release a detailed report containing numbers and request types that law enforcing organizations from around the world and the government have submitted to all these companies.
The table of Account Information Requests in the report has the right count of the requests that were received and the count of requests that were acted; it also has other details and information that were requested by 31 different countries. A few of the countries are not a part of Apple’s report because the governments of these countries have not submitted any information requests to Apple yet. Only USA didn’t grant the permission to reveal the number of requests it submitted.
The US government allowed Apple to reveal only the number of order affected accounts, number of orders for national security and the information about whether the emails were revealed or not. According to Apple, requests for accounts usually comprise of requests from law enforcement agencies that want information about crimes, such as theft, requests for searches to deal with kidnappings and missing persons.
Apple said that its business is not about personal data collection and therefore the company is not interested in collecting personal data of its customers. Apple also added that the company provides end-to-end iMessage and FaceTime encoding to provide security to its customers’ conversations and therefore location data. Siri requests and map searchers are not stored by Apple in a recognizable format.
Apple also provided detailed information on requests for gadgets most of which are related to lost or stolen devices. Apple said that these types of requests usually come when Apple users report their missing devices to the police or when a stolen gadget shipment is recovered by any law enforcement agency.
In Wednesday’s premarket, shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) went up by 0.10% ($525.99).