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Apple got 73 device requests from Indian Govt in 2015


Apple’s new transparency report (pdf) for July-December 2015 states that from India, it received 37 requests from law enforcement for devices and 52 devices were specified in these requests. Out of these, Apple provided some data for 7 of these device requests, and 19% cases where some data was provided in device requests. All the figures in this report are India only, unless stated otherwise.

For the first half (report pdf) of 2015, it received 36 requests for devices, 45 devices were specified in these requests out of which Apple provided data for 7 requests. Globally, it got 30,687 law enforcement device requests in which 167,090 devices were specified and in 17,959 requests, it provided some data.

Device requests: Apple defines device requests as lost or stolen device requests, which include user contact info used to register a device with Apple or the date on which the device used Apple services. Devices are counted basis the individual/IMEI numbers with respect to an investigation.


Account requests generally pertain to providing info on a user’s iTunes or iCloud account and includes a name and an address. In some cases, it is asked for content like photos, email, iOS device backups, documents, contacts, calendars and bookmarks on iCloud

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Again, for July-December 2015, it got 3 requests for accounts, 5 accounts were specified in its requests, Apple disclosed information in 4 of those accounts, didn’t provide any data in 1 of them, and gave non-content data from 2 of those accounts. It didn’t object to any of the received requests. For H1 2015, it got just 1 account request in which 1 account was specified and Apple did not disclose any data in this request.

In comparison, the total number of global law enforcement requests it received was 1,183; these related to 12,850 accounts. Apple provided info for 9,956 accounts, objected in 383 requests. It disclosed no data in 581 requests, and disclosed non content data in 892 requests, and in 340 requests, it provided some content.


In emergency requests, Apple can voluntarily disclose info like communication and customer records to federal, state or local government entities if it believes that there is an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury. Apple does this under U.S.C. §§ 2702(b)(8) and 2702(c)(4).

Apple received no emergency requests from India; but it got 178 requests from across the world leading with the US (106 requests) and the UK (43 requests).

Overall globally, it got up to 1,499 National Security Orders and 1,249 accounts were affected in this time period. It got 3 requests for account deletion and it deleted 3 accounts for the same.

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Also read:
Official removal requests doubled on Twitter between Jan-July ‘15
What info Uber discloses to US regulatory & law enforcement agencies

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