Apple is the latest addition to the US National Security Agency program PRISM which will be investigating private user information held by the tech giant. Other major companies have previously disclosed such intelligence, the most notable being Facebook and Microsoft last week.
Apple followed in their footsteps and today announced that it has received somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 requests from U.S law enforcement regarding the surveillance of customer private data. The requests were filled between the 1st of December 2012 and 31st of May 2013.
"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."
Compared to social media giant, Facebook â€“ Appleâ€™s numbers donâ€™t seem that huge. The website took in 9,000 to 10,000 requests just in the second half of 2012. Microsoft got even more demands, with up to 31,000 customer accounts being surveyed in the second half of 2012.
You might be wondering which specific governmental establishments tried to dig into private information of users. The answer will probably ease the minds of those worrying about privacy. Most of the requests were made by police forces trying to solve cases, search for missing persons which include Alzheimerâ€™s patients and so on.
Nevertheless, not all information relayed through Appleâ€™s servers can become available. For example, iMessages and FaceTime benefit from end-to-end encryption. That means that only the sender and the receiver can have access to the data.
Source: The Next Web