Microsoft releases data on law enforcement requests relating to online services
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As outlined in our Global Human Rights Statement and in keeping with our commitments as a member of the Global Network Initiative, we recognize the important responsibility we have to respect human rights and the principles of free expression and privacy. To ensure we meet our commitments and responsibilities, we regularly review and update our relevant policies, processes and management systems. As part of that review – and commitment to transparency – we are providing information on the criminal law enforcement requests we receive for customer data. Like others in the industry, we believe it is important for the public to have access to information about law enforcement access to customer data, particularly as customers are increasingly using technology to communicate and store private information.
Author: Brad Smith, General Counsel & Executive Vice President, Legal & Corporate Affairs, Microsoft
[W]e are releasing our 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report...It provides data on the number of requests we received from law enforcement agencies around the world relating to Microsoft online and cloud services and how we responded to those requests…We’re also making available similar data relating to Skype…We will update this report every six months…[also refers to Google, Twitter]
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Author: Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation
We are pleased to see that Microsoft has not only answered that [open] letter on behalf of Skype, it has answered on behalf of the entire company. Yesterday the company released its first transparency report, which covers all law enforcement requests and court orders received in 2012 related to all of their online and cloud services, including Hotmail/Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Microsoft Account, and Messenger.