Microsoft Publishes Its Transparency Report On Governmental Requests For Customer Data

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Microsoft today published its report on the governmental requests on customer data it received for a period of 6 months. Previously, Microsoft and other companies were banned from disclosing such data to the public. After the leading technology companies raised their voice about this concern, government recently agreed for the first time to permit technology companies to publish data about FISA orders. Microsoft has published a table that provides the information going back to July of 2011.

Our most recent report covers the period from January – June 2013, addressing all of Microsoft’s services.  Specifically, during this time period:

  • We received fewer than 1,000 FISA orders seeking the disclosure of customer content.  These orders related to between 15,000 and 15,999 accounts or individual identifiers.  It’s important to note that this does not necessarily mean that more than 15,000 people were covered by these data requests. This is because one individual may have multiple accounts, each of which would be counted separately for the purposes of reporting this data.
  • We also received fewer than 1,000 FISA orders for non-content data only, seeking information that related to fewer than 1,000 accounts or identifiers.
  • Finally, we received fewer than 1,000 National Security Letters covering fewer than 1,000 accounts or identifiers.

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Source: Microsoft

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