Google and Apple report jump in requests for user data

US government requests to Google for individuals' data reached a six-year high in the first half of 2017, the company says.

A report published last week said the country had sought details about 48,902 accounts – 24% more than over the last six months of 2016.

Apple reported a 62% jump in the number of user account requests from the US over the same period – 6,407 in total.

Campaign group Privacy International predicted further “dramatic increases”.

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