Hands off My meta dataFollowing the companies Facebook and Microsoft, said on Saturday about how many requests from U.S. government agencies they got in the second half of 2012, with a similar report today made by Apple.

It agrees to the data declared by the company, in the period from December 1 to May 31, she received about 5,000 requests for disclosure of user information. In comparison, for the period from 1 July to 31 December 2012 Facebook received about 10,000 queries, Microsoft – about 7,000 requests.

“Like a few other companies, we turned to the U.S. government for permission to publish information related to how many requests we have received from the authorities and how many of them we have processed,” – said in a statement Apple. “We have received permission to publish some of the data, and now offer them in the interest of transparency of our policy.”

Recall that for the first time on the program PRISM became known on June 6, at the same time Apple stated that “never heard” of PRISM. Today, the company reiterated that only processes requests from federal, local and other authorities, and the requests were related both to the interests of national security, as well as information on criminal and other irregularities.

Apple also said that some of the data, in particular conversations iMessage and FaceTime, information about the location of a user or requests to Siri, technically impossible to solve, as the company does not keep them on their servers.

Yesterday, Google announced that the company has not published the data requested, as they consider it “necessary to distinguish between different government requests.” Thus, among the queries have to be confidential related to national security, and the routine is related to taxes, and other criminal offenses. In Google said that these requests are different in the degree of secrecy and the level of significance, and thus integrate them into a single category is inappropriate.

The press service of Google have said they are preparing a report on such requests, but do not plan to bring all government inquiries into the same category.