Similar to the decline in data requests, the number of instances where Apple complied with those requests also declined, to 77% (globally) from 80% in 2019. The number of devices for which Apple received applications in the second half of last year is recorded. like 83 307.
While Apple does not always have the freedom to disclose all information regarding government-issued data requests, the company said the United States has requested access to approximately twenty-five thousand Apple accounts linked to national security (under the Foreign Intelligence Oversight Act). .
The FBI has also sent hundreds of national security letters to Apple, with the Bureau attacking around a thousand Apple accounts during the second half of 2020.
When it comes to international data requests, Germany wins the Most Numbers award, as it apparently tried to access a total of 16,819 devices. China follows after, ending the second half with 11,372 applications. Interestingly, it is 13 times as many requests as China made in 2019, when they made less than a thousand data requests.