Microsoft's Transparency Hub tracks surveillance requests

Microsoft's Transparency Hub tracks surveillance requests

Microsoft has launched transparency figures for the primary half of the yr and launched a brand new website to maintain all of the studies in as soon as place. The Transparency Hub could be very comparable to Google’s Transparency Website, and brings collectively regulation enforcement calls for and nationwide safety orders. It is also the primary time Microsoft is displaying requests to take away content material, each by governments and by way of Europe’s ‘proper to be forgotten‘ legal guidelines. Redmond can also be utilizing the hub to point out the way it’s resisting efforts by governments and police to get at buyer knowledge to the complete extent of legal guidelines, each within the US and overseas.

In accordance with the stories, the development for knowledge requests has ticked up a bit. Microsoft acquired 35,228 requests for info from regulation enforcement all over the world, up 14 % over the second half of 2014. Almost three-quarters of these got here from the US, UK, Turkey, France and Germany. The software program big rejected four,383 requests for not assembly authorized necessities, up almost double from the earlier interval. It additionally disclosed buyer content material in solely three % of instances.

Microsoft's Transparency Hub tracks surveillance requests

As for US nationwide safety orders, Microsoft should wait at the least six months to disclose (very obscure) figures, so the report is from the second half of final yr. It acquired lower than 1,000 Overseas Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders affecting between 18-19,000 accounts, and fewer than 1,000 Nationwide Safety Letters (NSLs) from the FBI.

Content material removing requests fall into three classes: authorities, copyright removing and ‘proper to be forgotten’ requests. Governments requested Microsoft to tug content material from Bing, OneDrive and MSN a complete of 186 occasions, and it accepted the requests one hundred sixty five occasions. The majority (one hundred sixty five) got here from China. Microsoft complied with ninety two % of the almost 25 million copyright takedown requests, and agreed to precisely half of the ten,337 proper to be forgotten calls for.

Microsoft's Transparency Hub tracks surveillance requests

Microsoft stated it requires that requests for content material removing be in writing and informs customers when search content material has been eliminated. It additionally limits the removing of search outcomes to nation-particular variations of Bing, one thing nations like France are preventing. It is onerous to say how a lot individuals truly care about these things, however at the very least Microsoft, Apple, Google and different tech corporations are making it simpler to seek out the data. In fact, the businesses won’t be doing it in any respect if not for bruising they took the Edward Snowden revelations.

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