Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) received 35,083 users data requests from the government in half of 2013

Posted Mar 8, 2014

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has revealed the number of data requests it received from law enforcement agencies around the world during the second half of 2013. That number was 35,083 and it potentially impacted 58,676 accounts.

These numbers are slightly lower than the numbers from the first half of 2013, which were at 37,196 requests affecting 66,539 accounts.

In 2012, Microsoft received 75,378 requests in 2012 that impacted a potential 137,424 accounts. This is compared to 72,999 requests potentially affecting 125,215.

?Overall, the data in this latest Law Enforcement Requests Report shared today is largely consistent with prior reports? said Microsoft in a blog post. Here are some points that Microsoft made in the blog post:
– Approximately 76 percent of requests resulted in disclosure of only ?non-content data.? In 21 percent of all requests, no data at all was disclosed.
– Only a small number of requests, 2.32 percent, resulted in disclosure of customer content data. Most of these requests ? more than 80 percent ? were from US law enforcement agencies. This is in line with the first half of 2013 and all of 2012.
– A majority of the law enforcement demands received came from a handful of countries, led by the US, Turkey, Germany, France, and the UK.
– Across Microsoft?s services, and out of hundreds of millions of accounts, only a fraction of accounts are affected ? less than 0.01 percent.
– Microsoft received only three legal orders for data associated with use of its commercial services by its enterprise customers (i.e., those with more than 50 seats), seeking information about 15 accounts. The company disclosed information in response to all three of those requests.

[Source: TechNet/TNW]