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Apple privacy report details government requests

Izzy Best, News Associate
Tuesday, 5 Nov 2013 | 5:20 PM ET
Customers queue to buy Apple's new iPhone 5c and 5s smartphones outside the Apple Store at Wangfujing on September 20, 2013 in Beijing, China.
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Customers queue to buy Apple's new iPhone 5c and 5s smartphones outside the Apple Store at Wangfujing on September 20, 2013 in Beijing, China.

Apple issued a report on Tuesday detailing the global government requests it receives for information regarding individual users and devices.

The multinational computer maker also said it only reports information it is "legally allowed to share" and said it will continue to advocate for greater transparency about the requests it receives.

Apple's report, titled Report on Government Information Requests, reiterates the company's belief that "consumers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled" and explains the company's responsibility to protect its customer privacy.

(Read more: 'Apple's got its mojo back': Strategist)

According to the report, the company's "main business is not about collecting information."

Leading the world in requests of Apple device information is the U.S. with 3,542. Germany was second with 2,156, followed by Singapore with 1,498 and Australia with 1,178. Rounding out the top five government requests by country was the U.K. with 1,028.

—By CNBC's Izzy Best.

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