by Dan Moren
Apple’s transparency report 2018
Previously, Apple issued its annual transparency report–the document which says how may times the company has handed over customer data to governments around the world–as a lengthy PDF. This year all the data is presented in a much more easy-to-read form, with terms clearly laid out, simple graphs, and additional information about special cases. Much of the information is downloadable in CSV form as well, which can be pretty helpful to journalists and others who want to crunch the numbers on their own.
One thing that struck my attention were the Financial Identifier Requests. These seem to largely cover cases involving iTunes Gift Card fraud, which I find a fascinating type of crime; these gift cards have become almost a shadow currency.