Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Apple’s Releases Report on Government Information Requests (PDF Link)

As with the reports released by Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, Apple has only been allowed to disclose data affecting US residents in a range, as opposed to the specific numbers for other countries. Apple doesn’t like that:

We strongly oppose this gag order, and Apple has made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the U.S. Attorney General, congressional leaders, and the courts. Despite our extensive efforts in this area, we do not yet have an agreement that we feel adequately addresses our customers’ right to know how often and under what circumstances we provide data to law enforcement agencies.

Even with the provided ranges, it’s very clear that US data requests are significantly higher than those from other countries.

There’s this, too:

Perhaps most important, our business does not depend on collecting personal data. We have no interest in amassing personal information about our customers. We protect personal conversations by providing end-to-end encryption over iMessage and FaceTime. We do not store location data, Maps searches, or Siri requests in any identifiable form.