Apple comes clean over police requests for info about the Dutch

IT company Apple was requested to hand over to the authorities information about four Dutch nationals in the first six months of this year, according to report on such requests by the company itself.

It is the first time Apple has published a report about government calls for information, Nos television says. The company says it wants to be more transparent about what information it has passed on to the authorities.


In one of the four cases, Apple provided private information from a Dutch account, including emails, messages and photographs from Apple’s cloud service iCloud. In the three other cases, meta data was passed on, such as the time and date of emails, but also an overview of financial transactions.


The report also states Apple was asked to provide the police with information attached to 229 smartphones or computers based on their serial numbers. The company responded to 40 out of the 61 requests, Nos says.

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