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Nov 06, 2013

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Apple handed over data about customers or their devices to Australian authorities slightly over 50 percent of the time in the first six months of 2013, according to its latest transparency report published by the Cupertino technology giant.

Apple said in releasing its report overnight that the vast majority of requests from law enforcement agencies regard lost or stolen devices such as iPods, iPhones, iPads, or Macs, which tend to fall under “device requests”. In these cases, Apple is usually asked for customer contact information for the device, or the date the device was first activated or first used Apple’s services.

The company said a small fraction of the requests that Apple receives relate to personal information taken from iTunes, iCloud, or Games Center accounts, which Apple classifies as “account requests”.

Apple said it commonly receives account requests in relation to robberies, kidnappings, missing people, or from law enforcement officers seeking to prevent suicides, and that usually involves handing over account information such as names and addresses. Apple said that very few requests actually ask for content such as photos or emails.

While the US government has placed restrictions on the amount of information that Apple can release about US authorities’ requests for data, Australia appears to have been much more relaxed in disclosing its own requests for information.

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