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Microsoft: We Offer Up User Data To Law Enforcement 2 Percent of the Time 54

Nerval's Lobster writes "In its second announcement of the kind, Microsoft revealed [Friday] that it received more than 37,000 requests for information on customers of its Skype, Azure and other services from law enforcement agencies around the world. The count does not include requests made using "National Security Letters" issued by the FBI or other U.S. federal agencies that have the force of a warrant or subpoena, albeit without the oversight or control provided by the courts that issue those sorts of orders. During the first six months of 2013, Microsoft received 37,196 requests that covered a total of 66,539 customer accounts. The company refused to provide any information in response to 21 percent of those requests. It provided "non-content data" in response to 77 percent of the requests – non-content data usually includes information such as names or basic subscriber information rather than information on the content of messages or other details describing online activity of those customers. In 2.19 percent of cases, however, Microsoft reports having provided "customer content data" – which includes the content of messages or data stored in accounts owned by Microsoft companies. Ninety-two percent of requests for customer content came from U.S. law-enforcement agencies."
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Microsoft: We Offer Up User Data To Law Enforcement 2 Percent of the Time

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  • by Nuffsaid ( 855987 ) on Saturday September 28, 2013 @08:45AM (#44978437)
    "Ninety-two percent of requests for customer content came from U.S. law-enforcement agencies."

    The remaining 8% of request came from various Mafia agencies, I suppose. This raises the obvious question: did Microsoft comply with them in the same proportions as with requests coming from U.S. law-enforcement agencies?
  • Re:MShafted (Score:3, Interesting)

    by dmbasso ( 1052166 ) on Saturday September 28, 2013 @08:49AM (#44978451)

    Even the summary states they hand over very little. Much less than I had anticipated.

    If you believe them. I mean, we all should believe everything they broadcast, right? Like Mr. Clapper rubbing his forehead while saying in the congress hearing "we do not willingly collect any data on American citizens". Yeah, sure.

  • Should be 0% or 100% (Score:5, Interesting)

    by houghi ( 78078 ) on Saturday September 28, 2013 @10:11AM (#44978817)

    Where I used to work we gave 100% IF THERE WAS A COURT ORDER. Otherwise we gave nothing. There should be no exception.

    One time police officers came in asking for data and they were escorted out with the insight that we would get the data aside and IF they would be coming back within the week with a court order, we would have it ready. If later, we would have to look for it again.

    More then once have I told officials to take a hike. And this about serious crimes where I am completely willing to go the extra mile once they give me the court order.

    The issue I have is that if I would give the information without a court order, I would be guilty of breaking the law. However they are still allowed to ask for it and they do, trying to use their imaginary authority to impress some who might be more gullible.

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