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    Henry Brown

    Read MS’s overview (850 words) or download the 16 page PDF file

    Microsoft’s Law Enforcement Requests Report for the first six months of 2013

    This is our second Law Enforcement Requests Report and it covers the period from January to June 2013.

    The report details the number of requests for data we received from law enforcement agencies around the world, and how Microsoft responds to those requests. It covers requests for data relating to all of Microsoft’s online and cloud services, including Skype.

    You can download the full report using the options on the right of this page, or review current specific data using the tool below.

    Unfortunately, we are not currently permitted to report detailed information about the type and volume of any national security orders (e.g. FISA Orders and FISA Directives) that we may receive so any national security orders we may receive are not included in this report. We have summarized, per government direction, the aggregate volume of National Security Letters we have received.

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    Henry Brown

    For those who don’t wish to wade through 16 pages of the report, here is some significant amount of information, with some commentary from the Naked Security Blog:

    Microsoft has published its second Law Enforcement Requests Report, covering the first half of 2013.

    The quick summary: not much increase over last year’s numbers.

    A total of 37,196 requests were received, covering 66,539 separate users.

    20.6% of the requests did not result in data being handed over, the bulk of the rejections being due to “no information found” rather than Microsoft resisting the demands of the police.

    The US is well ahead of the field, with 7,014 requests affecting 18,809 users, but this is unsurprising given the number of US citizens online, well ahead of most other countries.

    Others countries lots of hits include the major economies of Western Europe, with France, the UK and Germany all scoring fairly highly.

    Brazil and Australia come in at just over 1000 requests each; Spain and Italy just under.

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