MS 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report

by George Chetcuti [Published on 22 March 2013 / Last Updated on 23 June 2014]

How many times did Microsoft disclose the content of customer communications or data storage to law enforcement? Microsoft received requests from more foreign governments, and received them in greater volume, than other companies. Why?

In 2012, and in response to an order or warrant, we disclosed content in 2.2% of instances in which we disclosed some data to law enforcement.

Microsoft maintains operations and a physical presence in more than 100 countries around the world, which makes it easier for law enforcement authorities and/or courts to contact local Microsoft offices with requests for customer data. However, we only disclose data in 46 countries where we have the ability to validate the lawfulness of the request.

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