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17 June 2013 11:24

Apple also makes public how great is the extent of Internet surveillance. The Group has received claims to thousands of applications in a few months by the investigators. Even Facebook and Microsoft are talking about tens of thousands of requests.

Facebook and Apple and Microsoft now released the first figures to data requests from the American authorities. Of 1 December 2012 to 31 , 2013, ie within six months, therefore all levels of government offices established 4000-5000 applications to Apple. Microsoft had already stated that it was the company forbidden to give details.

Apple explains on its website that the requests were mainly related to the national security and criminal investigations. The most common applications covered according to Apple investigations to robberies and other crimes, the search of missing children, the detection of Alzheimer’s disease or the prevention of suicides.

Apple reiterated in its opinion, that the U.S. government would have had direct access to the servers at any time. The legal department would always consider applications according to Apple, and only if they are considered appropriate forward, as little information as possible to the authorities. Discussions on the news service “iMessage” or Internet telephony “FaceTime” are also particularly protected so that no one can out of the conversation participants read or see this. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigators had already complained internally, in fact, that they could not crack the encryption of iMessage.


Apple denies the allegations that it was aware of the Spähprogramm “prism” of the U.S. government: “We have for the first time by the governmental program” “heard, when we asked media on June 6, after” Prism, reaffirmed the Group.

Nearly 20,000 Facebook profiles affected

Just two days ago, Facebook had announced on its Web site, how many requests presented by the American authorities in the second half of 2012 to the online network: nearly 20,000 members profiles were affected accordingly, in the second half of 2012 had Facebook 9000-10000 answer requests. At Microsoft, the authorities brought by group information in the second half of 2012 revenues to approximately 31,000 customer addresses.

Google now published new data. The Group already imagine the number of inquiries from criminal cases in the net, Google argues. Now to mix crime statistics and inquiries due to national security, is a step backwards from the company’s perspective. Needed is more transparency.


in the past week had Facebook, Google and Microsoft increases the pressure on the U.S. government: They call on the Government to provide more information about the to publish data collection by the authorities. Thus, the companies intend to refute the suspicion that they had granted the government direct access to their servers – and win back confidence of users


newspapers Guardian and Washington Post had published secret documents showing that the U.S. NSA taps on a large scale user data among American Internet companies. The company previously vehemently deny direct access to their servers and the authorities emphasize that data is transferred only on court order. However, the court convenes secret (legal background here).

Link tip: The cover story of the U.S. magazine Wired portrays the four-star General Keith Alexander, the head of the NSA: “Never before has anyone in America’s intelligence sphere come close to his degree of power, the number of people under his command, the expanse of his rule, the length of his reign, or the depth of his secrecy. “

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