Apple publishes data on requests from states to remove apps from the App Store

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Apple publishes data on requests from states to remove apps from the App Store

Russia was in fifth place in terms of the number of such requests. In the first place – China, which asked to remove 626 applications

In the second half of 2018, the Chinese authorities sent 56 requests to Apple to remove 626 applications from the App Store. This is stated in the first published report by Apple on the requests that the company received from governments, individuals and legal entities..

Most of the apps that Beijing demanded to be removed violated the country’s illegal gambling or pornography laws. Apple satisfied most requests by removing 517 apps from the App Store.

Russia was in fifth place in terms of the number of such requests. In total, from July to December 2018, the Russian authorities asked to remove 11 apps from the App Store, mainly due to illegal gambling violations. The company removed 10 apps.

The top 5 countries, in addition to China and Russia, also included Norway (37 applications, 100% of them were removed), Vietnam (29 applications, only 9 were removed) and Saudi Arabia, whose authorities asked Apple to remove 25 applications (were removed all 25).

Apple has also released data on requests from government agencies requesting the transfer of user account information. Government law enforcement typically asked the company for both basic customer information (name and address) and more sensitive data – iCloud content, photos, emails, iOS backups, contact lists, and user calendars.

The United States took the first place in terms of the number of such requests. The authorities of the country sent 2,669 requests for the provision of data for 9,924 accounts; Apple, to one degree or another, satisfied 88% of these requests. In second place is the PRC (42 requests for information on 7154 accounts; 98% of requests are satisfied), in third place is the Brazilian authorities (294 requests for 2529 accounts; Apple satisfied 85% of requests).

The Russian authorities in the second half of last year sent 13 inquiries regarding 21 accounts. The company was able to satisfy only 38% of Moscow’s requests.

  • Artem Gurevich

    Has been working in journalism since 2001. From 2005 to 2009, he was responsible for public relations at Nokia in the Russian Far East. He worked in Singapore, Thailand, Brazil and Argentina, developing corporate publications for Coca-Cola and Kaspersky Lab companies. In 2017, he participated in the restart of RTVI, worked as an Internet news editor at the channel’s New York office. On the Voice of America since 2018.

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