Apple's promised Transparency Report on Government and Private Party Requests for the second half of 2018 (h/t @gwbstr
) is interesting but inconclusive.
Requests to Apple covering nearly 2/3 of devices, nearly 1/3 of accounts, and more than 4/5 of apps targeted worldwide came from China. China appears notably keen on sweeping, multi-target requests.
Device requests "generally seek details of customers associated with devices or device connections to Apple services." https://twitter.com/samuel_wade/status/1147236521436561408
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