News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Gartner ranks Druva #1
in overall product rating for enterprise endpoint backup
for the second year in a row!
You are here: Home / Microsoft/Windows / Microsoft Reports on Data Disclosures
Is your endpoint data protected?
Microsoft Reports on Data Disclosures to Law Enforcement
Microsoft Reports on Data Disclosures to Law Enforcement
By Jennifer LeClaire / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
MARCH
22
2013



Microsoft is jumping on the transparency report bandwagon. After Google and Twitter issued reports on how they respond to law enforcement requests for customer information, Redmond is providing a slew of details about requests into its own services -- and says it is getting more requests than Google.

The 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report provides data on the number of requests Microsoft received from law enforcement agencies around the world relating to its online and cloud services and how the company responded to those requests.

All of Microsoft's major online services are covered in the report, including, for example, Hotmail, Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, Microsoft Account, and Office 365. Microsoft is also assembling similar data relating to Skype, which Microsoft acquired in October 2011.

"As we continue to move forward, Microsoft is committed to respecting human rights, free expression, and individual privacy," Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of Legal Corporate Affairs at Microsoft, said in a statement. "We seek to operate all of the services we own in a manner that's consistent with our Global Human Rights Statement and responsibilities as a member of the Global Network Initiative."

What the Numbers Reveal

Last year Microsoft received 75,378 law enforcement requests for customer information, and these requests potentially affected 137,424 accounts or other identifiers. Of those, 2.1 percent, or 1,558 requests, resulted in the disclosure of customer content, such as e-mail text or photos.

Of the 1,558 disclosures of customer content, more than 99 percent were in response to lawful warrants from courts in the United States. In fact, there were only 14 disclosures of customer content to governments outside the United States. These were to governments in Brazil, Ireland, Canada and New Zealand.

Of the 56,388 cases where Microsoft disclosed some non-content information -- data such as e-mail addresses, user names and IP addresses -- to law enforcement agencies, more than 66 percent of these were to agencies in only five countries. These were the U.S., the United Kingdom, Turkey, Germany and France. For Skype, the top five countries accounted for 81 percent of all requests. These countries were the U.K., U.S., Germany, France and Taiwan.

Roughly 18 percent of the law enforcement requests resulted in the disclosure of no customer information in any form, either because Microsoft rejected the request or because no customer information was found. Microsoft doesn't have this information for Skype for 2012 because its data was not retained in this form, but we will for 2013 and the future.

Why So Much Transparency?

Greg Sterling, principal analyst at Sterling Market Intelligence, said it's important that major Internet companies release these reports.

"These companies can become major surveillance tools of corrupt governments or overzealous law enforcement. And these reports provide the public, activists and civil libertarians with valuable information," Sterling told us.

"The Microsoft effort seems clearly 'inspired' by Google in this case. The claim that it's getting more requests than Google may be true in fact -- perhaps Bing is perceived as an easier 'target' -- but it equally comes off like a competitive claim, which is silly."

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN MICROSOFT/WINDOWS
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.