Microsoft Registered 37,000 End-User Data Requests
According to the statistics shared by software giant Microsoft in its Law Enforcement Requests Report for the 2013 first-half, the company received a total of 37,196 end-user data requests from governments all over the world.
This is the second report released by Microsoft since its earlier revelation in 2012, when it got 75,378 data requests affecting 137,424 accounts for 2012. The current report shows that out all the data requests, only 2.19 percent revealed actual customer content. Moreover, 92 percent of these requests were from the United States government.
“As with the 2012 report this new data shows that across our services only a tiny fraction of accounts, less that 0.01 percent are ever affected by law enforcement requests for customer data. Of the small number that were affected, the overwhelming majority involved the disclosure of non-content data,” Microsoft wrote.
The US made some 7,014 requests for data across 18,809 accounts, versus 4,404 requests by the UK. There were 749 instances where Microsoft disclosed user content to US agencies versus none for the UK.
Microsoft and other companies are suing the U.S. for permission to reveal that data, which is in the spotlight after disclosures that the National Security Agency (NSA) has collected and reviewed massive amounts of information about law-abiding citizens.
The current trend in the governments’ user data needs shows that by the end of 2013, the number will end up the same as the report from last year.