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Microsoft releases data on government requests

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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 subject.

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.

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posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 02:13 PM
other case is Google...
Holland asked in the first half year 2012 59 times records of users..
Google provided data in 76% of the cases
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posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 02:22 PM
reply to post by hp1229

At this point I always just assume I have no privacy. This is one of the reasons I keep all of my impure thoughts to myself. Anyone that trusts the government or corporations to do the right thing is fooling themselves.

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