Apple Releases Transparency Report for 2H 2017, Indicating That It Will Include App Store Removal Claims in 2019

Apple released its transparency report Friday for the secd half of 2017, revealing statistics government research requests in the United States and abroad. The company has also announced plans to accommodate government requests to pull apps from the App Store.

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Mentied at the end of its report (pdf link), Apple notes that upcoming transparency documents will include an account of government requests for the dismantling of applicatis related to "alleged violatis of provisis" legal and / or political ".

The change, which is expected to come into effect in 2019 with a transparency report covering the secd half of 2018, will likely include requests from foreign governments. China, for example, is known to have forced removal of applicatis to enforce strict cyber policies; The new Apple applicati has been turned off at the request of the Chinese authorities in 2015.

If Apple reports applicati removal requests in the same way as other transparency figures, the l & # 39; company will probably indicate how many applicatis have actually been drawn. requests from the government.

With regard to last year 's figures, Apple received 29,718 requests for data or information ccerning 309,362 devices, providing data in 79% of cases. Of these, 4,450 came from the United States, affecting 15,168 devices. Data were transmitted in 80% of cases

Significantly, the number of targeted US devices doubled from year to year, while claims grew relatively little.

The company received between 16,000 and 16,249 US natial security orders. ..

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