For the primary time, Apple has revealed the variety of requests it’s obtained from governments to take down apps from its app retailer.
In its newest transparency report revealed Tuesday, the tech large stated it obtained 80 requests from 11 international locations to take away 634 apps from its localized app shops throughout July 1 and December 31, 2018.
Apple didn’t checklist the apps that had been eliminated however famous normally why the apps had been pulled. China made up the majority of the requests, searching for to take away 517 apps claiming they violated its playing and pornography legal guidelines. Vietnam and Austria additionally requested the takedown of a number of apps which violated its playing legal guidelines, whereas Kuwait requested Apple to tug some apps that fell foul of its privateness legal guidelines.
Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Lebanon had been among the many international locations that requested the elimination of some apps, together with The Netherlands, Norway, and Switzerland.
The transfer comes greater than a yr after the corporate promised to publish the figures beginning with this newest transparency report.
Apple stated it’ll in a future transparency report — slated for mid-2020 — will report on appeals obtained in response to authorities calls for to take away apps from the corporate’s localized app shops.
The tech large additionally for the primary time posted a number of nationwide safety letters it obtained permission to publish.
National safety letters (NSLs) are controversial subpoenas issued by the FBI with no judicial oversight and sometimes with a gag order stopping the corporate from disclosing their existence. Since the introduction of the Freedom Act in 2015, the FBI was required to periodically overview the gag orders and raise them after they had been now not deemed crucial.
Apple first revealed it obtained an NSL in 2017 however by no means revealed the doc. In its newest transparency report, the corporate lastly revealed the letter — together with 4 others from 2018 which had the gag order lifted in April and May 2019.
As for the remainder of the report, a lot of the authorities calls for went down throughout the six-month interval in comparison with the earlier reporting interval.
Apple stated it obtained 29,183 calls for from governments — down virtually 10 % on the final reporting interval — to entry 213,737 units within the second half of final yr.
Germany issued probably the most authorized calls for for the six-month interval ending December 2018 with 12,343 requests for 19,380 units. Apple stated the big variety of…