AppleApple has spoken up about the US government’s PRISM program and revealed that between December 2012 and May 2013 the firm received 4,000-5,000 requests for user data from the government. That data isn’t limited to FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) enquiries, however, and it includes requests for information to help find missing persons or solve crimes. The disclosure comes after Apple “asked the U.S. government for permission to report how many requests we receive related to national security and how we handle them”, and the company says it has been permitted to share “some of that data” in order to help provide greater transparency with the public. Apple says that the 4,000-5,000 requests related to 9,000-10,000 accounts or devices. That’s a rough rate of two accounts/devices per request, which is somewhat lower than the figures made public by other tech firms.

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