Apple revealed on 17 June that it received up to 5,000 requests for customer data from US law enforcement, between 1st December 2012 and 31 May 2013.

"We have asked the US government for permission to report how many requests we receive related to national security and how we handle them. We have been authorized to share some of that data," Apple explained.

According to a statement posted on its website, the tech giant received specific requests from federal, state and local authorities re...

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