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Thursday, March 06, 2014
Microsoft Releases 2013 Law Enforcement Requests Report
Microsoft on Thursday published its most recent Law Enforcement Requests Report, which details the number of legal demands for customer data we received from law enforcement agencies around the world.
Overall, the data in this latest Law Enforcement Requests Report is largely consistent with prior reports:
- For the latter half of 2013, Microsoft received 35,083 requests from law enforcement agencies potentially impacting 58,676 accounts.
- 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 United States law enforcement agencies.
- A majority of the law enforcement demands Microsoft receives come from a handful of countries, led by the U.S., Turkey, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.
- The new data shows that 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 compamy disclosed information in response to all three of those requests.