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Microsoft Discloses Requests for Data

ONLINE PRIVACY

March 22, 2013

Microsoft joined the likes of Google and Twitter yesterday in releasing a report on its response to—along with the number and type of—requests for information it has received from law enforcement bodies around the globe. The UK, France, Germany, Turkey and the U.S. accounted for 69 percent of the 70,665 requests received last year, noted a summary of the report in The New York Times, and anyone is free to peruse the data in either pdf or Excel format. Eighty percent of requests resulted in disclosure of “non-content” information, such as name and e-mail address, while 2.2 percent resulted in the handover of customer content as well. Requests affected customers using such services as Hotmail/Outlook.com, Xbox Live and Office 365.
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