The most recent transparency report from Cupertino accompanies several segments its past ones didn’t have – ones that uncover what number of takedown demands it got. Evidently, Apple got 80 App Store takedown demands for legitimate infringement in the second half of 2018, from July to December. An aggregate of 770 applications was determined in the requests, 626 of which originated from the Chinese government. The vast majority of the apps China wanted to remove violate the country’s illegal gambling and pornography laws.
Then, Russia sent in 10 requests determining 11 applications and Norway sent in one mentioning the removal of 37 applications identified with illicit gambling investigations. Saudi Arabia likewise simply sent Apple one solicitation, however, it required the removal of 25 applications that apparently damaged its protection law. Taking all things together, Apple conceded 75 of the 80 demands and brought down 634 applications.
In addition, as TechCrunch noted, Apple has published five of the National Security Letters — administrative subpoena issued in the name of national security — it received from the US government for the first time. The non-disclosure orders have lifted for all five, allowing the tech giant to reveal its contents. Apple has also divulged that it received 29,183 requests seeking the details of customers associated with devices or device connections to Apple services in all. The highest number of device-based requests came from Germany (12,343), followed by the US (4,680).
TechCrunch says Apple guaranteed to make its transparency reports much increasingly far-reaching later on. The following report due in mid-2020 will clearly incorporate governments’ reaction to application removal requests from localized application stores, also.