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Apple, Yahoo Reveal How Often They Gave Your Data To The Government

Microsoft, Google and Facebook have released the number of data requests they've received from the government and now Apple and Yahoo are joining them. This comes on the heels of the NSA leak that revealed how the NSA PRISM program gives security officials access to phone records and internet data

Apple and Yahoo have admitted to about 4,000 and 12,000 requests respectively between December and May of 2012. In a statement, Yahoo's CEO along with their General Counsel said that most of the requests, "concerned fraud, homicides, kidnappings, and other criminal investigations."

Apple came out with a statement as well, saying that they evaluate each request individually and only "retrieve and deliver the narrowest possible set of information to the authorities."