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NewsPoster Mar 21, 2013 02:01 PM
Microsoft publishes first Law Enforcement Requests Report
Microsoft has published its first <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/281579==http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/reporting/transparency/" rel='nofollow'>Law Enforcement Requests Report</a>, showing how many requests for customer data it received from various security agencies around the world. The effort by Microsoft for transparency, part of its Global Human Rights Statement, mirrors a similar effort by Google and its <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/281581==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/12/16/over.25.million.copyright.infringement.notices.rec eived.per.week/" rel='nofollow'>Transparency Report</a>, with both attempting to demonstrate which governments want to affect the Internet and its users the most. <br />
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Over the 2012 calendar year, Microsoft services excluding Skype received a total of 11,073 requests from law enforcement officials representing the United States, over a seventh of the 70,665 requests made in total globally, and second only to Turkey's 11,434 requests. Skype alone received 1,268 requests from the UK, followed by the US with 1,154. <br />
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Overall, 75,378 law enforcement requests were made in 2012, potentially impacting 137,424 accounts. A Microsoft <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/281580==http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2013/03/21/microsoft-releases-2012-law-enforcement-requests-report.aspx" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">blog</a> states that two thirds of the 56,000 cases where some sort of information was provided were from agencies in just five countries: The US, the UK, Turkey, Germany, and France. Of the 1,558 cases where customer content was provided, such as e-mails or chat transcripts, all but 14 were to warrants from US-based courts. <br />
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Microsoft hopes to continue with issuing a new report periodically, with the next set for six months time.
 
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