Following other tech giants, Apple, Inc. revealed on Tuesday the number of official data requests it receives from governments around the world. During the first 6 months of 2013, the U.S. alone made 3,500 requests -- and those are just the ones Apple is disclosing.
Many of those requests appear to be related to lost and stolen devices, or to aid in missing persons investigations. While the U.S. has made the largest number of requests, the U.K. was second with just 141.
Apple, and other companies like Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft, are now making the disclosures as part of an effort to rebuild public trust, and repair damage from the perception that they were working with the U.S. government as partners.