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Apple to donate to mark Earth Day

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In its mission to create a healthier planet through innovation, Apple on Friday announced a donation programme and debuted a disassembly robot “Daisy” as a part of its ongoing recycling effort.

Ahead of Earth Day — which would be celebrated on April 22 — Apple said that for every device received at its stores and apple.com through the “Apple GiveBack” programme till April 30, the company would make a donation to the non-profit Conservation International.

“In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said in a statement.

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the natural world people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihood.

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Founded in 1987, the organisation works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy and prosperous planet.

Through Apple GiveBack, customers would be able to turn in their devices at any Apple Store or through apple.com to be recycled or traded in.

Eligible devices will receive credit that customers can use toward an in-store purchase or put on an Apple Store Gift Card for future use.

Apple also said that “Daisy”, which efficiently disassembles iPhones to reclaim valuable materials, would help the company move a step closer to its goal of making its products using only recycled or renewable materials.

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“We are also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what is possible when innovation and conservation meet,” Jackson added.

Created through years of R&D, “Daisy” incorporates technology based on Apple’s learnings from Liam — its first disassembly robot launched in 2016.

“Daisy” is capable of disassembling nine versions of iPhone and sorting their high-quality components for recycling.

Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components, so that Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers cannot – and at a higher quality.  IANS

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Governments Across The World Request Apple for 30,000 Device Information

The governments and private parties around the world also requested information on 3,358 Apple accounts and data was provided in 82 per cent of cases.

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Private party request circumstances generally relate to instances where private litigants are involved in either civil or criminal proceedings.

The governments around the world sent requests for device information on 29,718 Apple devices, with India asking for 27 device requests in the July-December 2017 period, the iPhone maker has revealed.

Overall, the data was provided in 79 per cent of cases, Apple said in its bi-annual transparency report made available on Friday.

In case of India, the data was provided in 14 out of 27 requests (52 per cent).

The governments and private parties around the world also requested information on 3,358 Apple accounts and data was provided in 82 per cent of cases.

“Examples of such requests are where law enforcement agencies are working on behalf of customers who have requested assistance locating lost or stolen devices.

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“Additionally, Apple regularly receives multi-device requests related to fraud investigations. Device-based requests generally seek details of customers associated with devices or device connections to Apple services,” the Cupertino-based company said.

Private party request circumstances generally relate to instances where private litigants are involved in either civil or criminal proceedings.

The tech giant said that starting with the period July 1-December 31, 2018, it will “report on government requests to take down Apps from the App Store in instances related to alleged violations of legal and/or policy provisions”.

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Apple requires government and private entities to follow applicable laws and statutes when requesting customer information and data.

“We contractually require our service providers to abide by the same standard for any government information requests for Apple data. Our legal team reviews requests received to ensure that the requests have a valid legal basis,a the company said.

“When we receive an account request seeking our customers’ personal information, we notify the customer that we have received a request concerning their personal data except where we are explicitly prohibited by the legal process, by a court order Apple receives, or by applicable law,” it added. (IANS)