The National Security Agency has been using Apple’s music awards to award a “special access” status to certain people who are using Apple devices.
According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, Apple Music is part of a vast data-mining program that is being run by the agency.
Apple has said that it does not allow the NSA access to its servers, and it has said it does “not track the user.”
Apple said in a statement that the company is working to make the awards “more transparent”.
“We’ve taken this opportunity to make sure that Apple Music remains a place where people can freely share music with their friends, family, and loved ones, and that we remain vigilant to any possible abuse by the government,” it said.
“We will continue to monitor this and take appropriate action to prevent it from happening again.”
Apple is one of the few companies that has publicly addressed the issue of how the NSA might be using its music.
In May, Apple announced a new program to protect users from being targeted by the intelligence agency, which it said was in the “early stages”.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has repeatedly said that the iPhone maker does not have any plans to provide user data to the NSA.
In July, Cook said the company would “never” provide user information to the government.
The AP reports that Apple was also involved in a 2013 settlement with the US government after a former employee was charged with stealing $7 million in Apple music sales.