There has been quite a bit if new about Prism over the last week, with tech companies trying to distance themselves from Prism, Apple is the latest company to release a statement on how they deal with their customers privacy.
Apple has announced that they have received between 4,0000 and 5,000 requests from US law enforcement on customer data over the last six month, the data requested covered between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts and devices.
Two weeks ago, when technology companies were accused of indiscriminately sharing customer data with government agencies, Apple issued a clear response: We first heard of the government’s “Prism” program when news organizations asked us about it on June 6. We do not provide any government agency with direct access to our servers, and any government agency requesting customer content must get a court order.
Like several other companies, we have asked the U.S. government for permission to report how many requests we receive related to national security and how we handle them. We have been authorized to share some of that data, and we are providing it here in the interest of transparency.
Apple also explained some details of what the data that was requested by US authorities was for, the requests for the data came from federal, state and local authorities and were related to both criminal and national security investigations.
From December 1, 2012 to May 31, 2013, Apple received between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S. law enforcement for customer data. Between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices were specified in those requests, which came from federal, state and local authorities and included both criminal investigations and national security matters. The most common form of request comes from police investigating robberies and other crimes, searching for missing children, trying to locate a patient with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide.
You can see the full statement from Apple on how they deal with their customers privacy over at their website at the link below.
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