Apple has released its Transparency Report for the second half of 2020. It provides info on how many government or private requests for data, app removals, or account preservations have been made. Highlights from the report:

° Government requests had targeted 83,307, just under half as many as the same time a year earlier. Apple rovided data 77% of the time, slightly lower than the 80% the same time a year earlier.

° There was a drop in government data requests despite the spectacle/debacle of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. 

° National security-related requests made by the US under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) targeted as many as 24,499 accounts, which could include stores photos, emails, contacts, calendars or device backups. 

° Apple received as many as 499 National Security Letters from the FBI for subscriber information, targeting as many as 999 accounts. The tech giant says it doesn’t produce transaction information or connection logs in those instances.

Article provided with permission from AppleWorld.Today