Apple: China increasingly "demanded" iPhone users' access more - VnReview

Apple: China increasingly "demanded" iPhone users' access more – VnReview


Apple constantly receives requests for access to iPhone information from governments around the world such as China, the US and Germany.

Recently, Apple had a transparent report on the number of requests and the number of times it provided data to the Government from July to December 2018.

At the top of the list is none other than China, they only send Apple 689 to request information access, a very small number, but the number of devices corresponding to it is 137,595 – 7 times larger than the number of devices requirements from the US Government and accounting for half of the total number of devices required worldwide.

It is known that the amount of equipment that the Chinese government requires to access in the second half of 2018 has increased by 450% compared to the first half, with 751 requests but only for 30.754 thousand devices.

In the first half of 2018, Apple said most of the requested devices are due "Insurance fraud and investigation of stolen devices".

Also in the second half of 2018, most "mainly for fraud investigations of the tax administration department."

The company said it had handed over some device identification data such as serial numbers or IMEI to Chinese authorities, meeting 96% of the 689 requirements.

Behind China is the United States and Germany, the total number of equipment they require is over 19,000.

In Germany, Apple said "mainly for device theft investigations, "mainly in the United States" for stolen devices and fraud investigations."

According to the report, China and the United States are at the forefront of the number of requests for information about iTunes and customer accounts, including names and addresses, some cases still exist. "Stored photos, emails, backup iOS devices, contacts or calendars".

The US government made 2,669 requests for 9,924 accounts, while China only made 42 requests for 7.154 thousand accounts. In the US, Apple only provides actual user content for less than half of the requests, while in China, they only provide non-content data.

Worldwide account information requirements have steadily increased over the last 5 years, from 3000 in 2013 to over 9000 in 2018.

In addition to information on accounts and equipment, Apple said it also made requests to remove applications from the Government.

Once again, China ranked first, their Government made 56 requests to remove 626 infringing applications. And Apple removed 517 of them.

Worldwide, the company received a total of 80 requests involving 770 applications and deleted 634 of these.

For the removal of applications from China, Apple said "the vast majority involved illegal gambling or pornography."

Tran Vu Duc


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