Apple Shares Revamped Transparency Report Website With Easier-to-Parse Data

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today released its latest transparency report, outlining government data requests that it received from January to June 2018.

    Apple's latest report has been shared on a totally overhauled transparency website that also features past reports in a more visually digestible format, making it much easier to go through the data.


    Apple's previous reports were delivered via PDF and could be difficult to parse, but the new site features a country-by-country breakdown with further details split into different request categories.

    A provided slider lets you scroll through each country, while a date range dropdown lets you select either the most recent report or past reports. Collapsible categories offer up at a glance information on data like total device requests, emergency requests, requests for account deletion, FISA requests, and more.

    Apple is now providing data on national security requests in bands of 500 instead of 250, in an effort to standardize its reporting with other tech companies, according to TechCrunch. FISA content is being broken down further into categories like photos, emails, contacts, and device backups.

    PDFs of Apple's transparency reports continue to be available for those who prefer that format, and Apple has made CSV files available for download for those who want an even deeper look into the data.

    Based on Apple's latest report, device data requests are on the rise around the world. Apple received a total of 32,342 requests covering 163,823 devices, providing data for 25,829 of the requests, an 80 percent data delivery rate.

    In the United States, Apple received 4,570 requests for device data and responded to 3,697, providing data for a total of 81 percent of requests. Apple also received requests for financial identifiers, accounts, and emergencies, with the company's response rate listed in the chart below.


    Germany made the most requests of Apple due to stolen device investigations, which is explained in a new "Matters of Note" section at the bottom of each category breakdown. Account requests were up in China and the United States, for example, due to a fraud investigations.

    Apple received between 0 and 499 national security orders impacting between 1,000 and 1,499 accounts. Apple did not reveal any national security letters with lifted gag orders, which are reported on a six-month delay.

    The full details of Apple's latest transparency report can be found on the company's transparency website.

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  2. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    of course USA is the highest! I wouldn't expect anything less from the police state
  3. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    Can Google and Facebook do the same? I don't think so...Zuckerberg will only tell you what you wanna hear.
  4. 69Mustang, Dec 20, 2018
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    69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I like a good rant as much as anyone, but you do know that you can access the transparency reports for Google, Facebook, Microsoft and a host of other companies right? Heck, Google even links to everyone else's transparency reports, including Apple's.

    On topic: I like these reports because they give a better window into what these companies face regarding governmental requests for info and how often the info is given. Helps to separate factual wheat from crazed anecdotal chaff
  5. az431, Dec 20, 2018
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    az431 macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2008
    Portland, OR
    Australia, Germany, and Spain had higher rates of government requests per capita than the US, whereas countries with a history of human rights abuses and lack of due process such as China, Russia, and Thailand had far lower rates.
  6. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502


    Aug 29, 2016
    Yes, but what's the fun in that when you can spark an anti-Google and anti-Facebook hate here?:D
  7. paul4339 macrumors 65816

    Sep 14, 2009
    Funny... its amazing how many people bash the U.S. (or other first world countries)... until you try living in a country with little human or legal rights or process... then you realize how great you had it back at home.
    And when you come back home, you become so grateful for what you actually have and had taken for granted.
  8. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    Well, of course you can go to extreme and make it worse but thats not the point. I think majority of Europeans would agree, that US is not very "free" country as they advertise. :) Don't get me wrong, I love visiting etc. Its a beautiful country, but I don't think I would ever wanna live there. Much better to go to Canada instead as you get the nice side of US without so much nonsense :)

    No country is perfect, but US is messed up.
  9. Tech198, Dec 20, 2018
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    Tech198 macrumors G5

    Mar 21, 2011
    Australia, Perth
    as least its easy to navigate, compared to other Apple pages. Finding what you want is cumbersome without search, but this transparency report page is the only one i give a "thumbs up" too.

    That's still 'point of view'
  10. d0nK macrumors 6502


    Nov 4, 2011
    Free speech is a big deal actually - European countries have dystopian "hate speech" laws which are as terrible as you can imagine, with people literally being put in a court of law and also being jailed for 'wrongthink'. Also, "innocent till proven guilty" is a big deal - something that France does not have. Also, Trudeau is out of his PC mind.
  11. LinusR macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2011
    Incorrect: Presumption of innocence is part of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
  12. SeattleMoose macrumors 68000

    Jul 17, 2009
    Der Wald
    Of course all reports are vetted by the spook agencies "for reasons of national security" before they are allowed to be posted by Apple. Sanitized "transparency" at best....
  13. wubsylol macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2014
    What the hell is Australia doing causing it to come in at #2 for requests?

    Tommy Robinson called; he wants his talking points back.
  14. Freida macrumors 68000

    Oct 22, 2010
    So you prefer to live in US with Trump? Also, how many countries you lived in apart from US?
  15. WBRacing, Dec 20, 2018
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    WBRacing macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2012
    Without context these numbers don't tell me how much concern I should have, the percentage increases over recent time though in the US are both steady and high which is an interesting and potentially worrying trend. I don't imagine society is suddenly getting worse so I guess it's becoming a bit more of a routine activity, perhaps?
  16. Gasu E. macrumors 601

    Gasu E.

    Mar 20, 2004
    Not far from Boston, MA.
    Did you remember to divide by the number of iPhones, rather than the size of the general population?
  17. usarioclave macrumors 65816

    Sep 26, 2003
    Freedom was part of the USSR’s constitution as well. Just because it’s on paper doesn’t mean it’s real. Just look at, say, women’s rights. Everyone says the are equal, even African and Asian countries. The reality is far different.
  18. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Actually, they are not. They are the highest of the three countries displayed, but not the highest.

    And you cannot just check the numbers, you have to check the notes coming with them. For example, in Germany, the police will make a request to Apple for every single stolen phone. Surely Americans would like the police to check with Apple if their phone can be found if the owner reports it as stolen, but the police doesn't. Well, most Americans, American phone thieves wouldn't like the idea.
  19. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    Home is everywhere and nowhere.
    Exactly, I saw the numbers and at first glance I thought...WTF, next I read the report unlike some others....
  20. DoctorTech macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2014
    Indianapolis, IN
    One of my favorite quotes from comedian Dennis Miller was in a book he wrote years ago called "The Rants". He listed a long list of problems in the United States then concluded that the United States "is still the best country in the world." Then he added, "but that is like bragging that you graduated first in your class in Summer school."
    --- Post Merged, Dec 21, 2018 ---
    Absolutely. Lived in 0. Spent weeks at a time working in... 10 countries across 5 continents.

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