posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 01:03 PM
Sure as if we wern't aware of the privacy issues/concerns
Nothing more than a PR statement from MS. Nothing is private anymore except whats in
your head (until the brain's dreams and thought reading technology is perfected
Microsoft said Thursday it received 75,378 law enforcement requests for data in 2012 in the tech giant's first report on the sensitive
The requests, which included those for the Skype messaging and voice service, potentially impacted 137,424 accounts, Microsoft said on its corporate
citizenship Web page.
The disclosure is similar to a "transparency report" which Google started in 2010.
Microsoft said that "customer content" was released in just 2.1 percent of cases, representing 1,558 requests.
But "non content" information, which can include subscriber information such as the e-mail address, name, location and IP address was released in 79.8
percent of requests to the company, excluding Skype.
The company said Skype, which Microsoft acquired in 2011, did not provide any "content" in response to the 4,713 requests but did provide a Skype ID
and other identifiers in more than 500 cases.
Smith said the data suggests "that less than 0.02 percent of active users were affected" by data requests.
"Microsoft is committed to respecting human rights, free expression, and individual privacy," he said, but added that "like every company, we are
obligated to comply with legally binding requests from law enforcement."
Smith said two-thirds of the requests to Microsoft excluding Skype which resulted in any disclosure came from five countries -- the United States,
Britain, Turkey, Germany and France.
For Skype, the top five countries accounted for 81 percent of all requests -- The US, Britain, Germany, France and Taiwan.
y]edit on 21-3-2013 by hp1229 because: (no reason given)