Microsoft outlines sixty six,539 account requests from regulation enforcement throughout first half of 2013
We have coated numerous transparency reviews earlier than, however now the entire notion takes on a unique really feel in our submit-PRISM world. Microsoft’s newest report particulars that it acquired 37,196 requests from regulation enforcement businesses between this January and June, which impacted sixty six,539 of its accounts. Seventy-seven % of these requests have been for knowledge like a consumer’s identify, IP historical past and billing handle, and with 21 % of requests, no knowledge was disclosed in any respect. Nevertheless, in 2.19 % of queries by regulation enforcement, Redmond disclosed “a minimum of some” buyer content material. What does that imply? Properly, the corporate’s definition consists of the topic or physique of an e mail, photographs saved in SkyDrive and handle e-book information. In accordance to the doc, the data was all obtained by way of lawful warrants and courtroom orders.
Whereas Nationwide Safety Letters additionally fall underneath the guise of regulation enforcement requests — which primarily come from the FBI as a way to get hold of data reminiscent of telephone numbers and e-mail addresses — Microsoft is simply allowed to publish these statistics on an annual foundation. Therefore, they’re absent this time round, and shall be revealed within the firm’s subsequent Regulation Enforcement Requests Report. To see simply how deep the rabbit gap goes, do take a look at the supply. We propose placing on a pot of espresso, although — it isn’t a fast learn.