Following a biannual recurrence, Apple released yesterday (PDF) its newest transparency report the latter, for the period from 1 July to 31 December 2017.
The report, which discloses the numbers of requests made by governments and security agencies around the world, once again showed a sharp increase in requests related to United States national security.
During the second half of 2017 alone, Apple received 29,718 requests worldwide to access 309,362 devices, and responded to 79% of these requests (23,445). Within these numbers, the USA came up with 4,450 requests for access to 15,158 devices, 80% (3,555) of which were served. In Brazil, there were 340 requests for access to 1,556 devices and also 80% were answered (272).
The figures released for account data requests refer to a variety of circumstances, ranging from locating a lost or stolen device, problems with credit card fraud, to obviously criminal investigations.
In relation to these requests from National Security in the USA, a total of 16,249 were made, which affected up to 8,249 accounts basically, an increase of 20% compared to the first half of 2017, when Ma received 13,499 requests of this type.
The report continues to disclose several numbers from around the world in detail and can be accessed in this PDF.
App removal requests
As Apple values transparency, privacy and security, it is always enthusiastic about this type of report and, according to ZDNet, intends to improve it further.
This is because the company announced that, from its July 1 to December 31, 2018 report (which will be released in about a year), it will also include the numbers of government requests asking for App Store apps to be removed, which allegedly would have legal or political violations.
Therefore, we can expect an even more robust and detailed report for the next semester.