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Report: Apple Approves Most Government Requests for Device Access

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By    |   Monday, 24 December 2018 08:14 AM

Apple agreed to 80 percent of government's requests worldwide for access to customers' iPhones, iPads and other gadgets, according to the company's latest transparency report.

Overall, Apple got 32,342 requests to access content from devices during the first half of 2018, marking a 9 percent increase over the second half of 2017, reports The Telegraph. National governments wanted access to 163,823 devices, according to new figures the company released.

The United States, making 4,570, was one of the largest requesters. Germany made 13,704 requests and the UK made 572 requests. Apple did not say which government agencies wanted access.

"If we determine a request does not have a valid legal basis, or if we consider it to be unclear, inappropriate and/or over-broad, we challenge or reject it," an Apple statement said.

Countries saw an average of 73 percent of request were approved, which China marking a high approval rate of 94 percent. Apple has been criticized for storing users' data there on a state-run server.

The US government's requests were placed in separate categories in hopes of showing how much information Apple hands over in secret or what bypasses the courts.

The company said it got between zero and 499 national security requests, which don't require a warrant, but noted by law it's only allowed to provide a range of requests rather than specific numbers.

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