Apple recently released a report detailing the number of requests for geofence permissions and data from the government.
The aim of the disclosure is to provide greater transparency and highlight Apple’s approach to customer requests and commitment to customer privacy. From January to June 2022, the most common requests come from law enforcement agencies assisting customers with stolen and lost devices, as well as police requesting data to investigate fraud cases.
Asia Pacific accounted for 83% of data requests, while India, Africa, the Middle East and Europe accounted for a total of 70%. The US accounted for 82% of data requests and Latin America for 89%. Globally, Apple received nearly 6,000 requests for financial information to cover credit card fraud, with 57% of the requests granted.
Regarding the geofence requests, Apple responded that the company does not have the data to comply with the requests. Therefore, all applications were rejected.