After Facebook and Yahoo published their first transparency reports earlier this year, Apple has followed suit. The seven page report reveals the number of requests the company received from governments, including India, in the first half of 2013. Also Read - Apple App store removes this popular dating app for spreading misinformation
Apple reveals that it received a total of 2,000 requests from 31 countries for data relating to customer accounts, while 41 countries made over 12,400 requests for data on specific devices. Of these, requests from Indian officials only form a small percentage. Though none sought information on any Apple account, officials did request information on 65 Apple devices. These requests were made by 27 government officials, and Apple complied with only 11 of them, or in other words Apple rejected 59 percent of requests.
Unlike many companies, Apple s main business is not about collecting information and hence the vast majority of the requests we receive from law enforcement seek information about lost or stolen devices, and are logged as device requests, Apple mentioned in the report. These types of requests frequently arise when our customers ask the police to assist them with a lost or stolen iPhone, or when law enforcement has recovered a shipment of stolen devices.
Only a small fraction of the requests that Apple receives seek personal information related to an iTunes, iCloud, or Game Center account, the company added.
The United States led with 2,000-3,000 requests made for data relating to customer accounts, and 3,542 requests made for data on 8,605 Apple devices.