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Apple Gets Thousands of Requests From Law Enforcement, Transparency Report Shows

An Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York. U.S. law enforcement sought information from...

Even as Apple Inc. and the U.S. government disagree over how much the company should help investigators extract data from locked iPhones, law enforcement continues to frequently seek Apple’s help.

U.S. law enforcement sought information from Apple 4,000 times, covering 16,112 devices, in the second half of 2015, according to Apple’s biannual transparency report, released late Monday. The numbers increased from the first half of 2015, but fell compared with the second half of 2014.

Apple said it handed over some data in 80% of the cases in the second half of 2015, compared with 81% in the first half of 2015 and 79% in the second half of 2014.

Apple has long assisted U.S. law-enforcement officials with legal requests to extract data from locked iPhones. But that posture has shifted in recent years. In 2014, Apple launched its iOS 8 operating system, which protects data on iPhones in a way that Apple says it can’t penetrate, leading to tension with law enforcement. Then...


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