7 Nov 2013

Apple reveals NZ asked for account holder data

6:13 am on 7 November 2013

Technology company Apple says New Zealand is among the countries asking for information about its account holders.

The company has revealed which governments have requested information from it during the first half of this year.

Apple said that during the six months to the end of June the authorities in New Zealand made three requests for data relating to services like iTunes, and iCloud.

The company said it handed back information for only one of those requests.

Apple said its legal team carefully reviews court orders seeking information and challenges them if it has questions about their scope.

It said the most common requests are for information relating to robberies, searches for missing people, kidnapping victims and attempts to stop a suicide.

The company said the requests generally involve personal data where account holders have an expectation of privacy.