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January 29, 2014

Apple receives 250 National Security orders during H1 2013

National security investigations reveals numbers.

By CBR Staff Writer

Apple received around 250 National Security Orders (NSO) seeking information on its users during the initial six months of 2013.

The latest revelation from Apple follows the US government’s latest deal allowing tech firms to reveal to the public and their customers how often the government seeks consumers’ data as part of national security investigations.

According to Apple’s latest "Update on National Security and Law Enforcement Orders" report, it received 927 law enforcement requests, and between ‘0-249’ national security orders for information.

However, the exact number cannot be detected as new federal policies allow Apple report the federal orders only in blocks of 250.

Apple’s latest report categorises orders into two groups including from law enforcement agencies seeking information on criminal investigations and from federal national security agencies.

Apple said in a statement that the latest data represents every US national security order for data about its customers regardless of geography.

"We did not receive any orders for bulk data," the iPhone maker added.

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