Smartphone maker Apple Inc. has released a transparency report on the US government data requests, saying the US national security increased its demands to access user’s accounts in the second-half of last year.
In its yearly transparency report on government data requests that was issued on Friday, Apple said more than twice as many requests were filed in the second half in 2017 than the same period in the previous year.
From July 1 to December 31 last year, the company said, it received up to 16,249 US National Security Requests (NSR) that affected some 8,249 accounts.
The number of requests rose 20 percent compared with the first half of 2017, when Apple received 13,499 such requests.
The most recent figures, however, are more than two-and-a-half times higher than the comparable period a year earlier, when Apple received only 5,999 such requests.
The tech firm had received requests by orders under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance…