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March 6, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Microsoft received about 35,000 law enforcement requests in last half of 2013

Microsoft published today its most recent report  on the numbers of requests and orders it receives from law enforcement agencies.

For the second half of 2013, Microsoft received 35,083 requests from law enforcement agencies, potentially impacting 58,676 accounts,  the company said a blog post written by John Frank, deputy general counsel.

The Law Enforcement Requests Report, which covers the period from July to December 2013, presents very broad figures on how many requests it received from law enforcement agencies worldwide and how Microsoft responded to them.

It does not include information on the number of national security orders the company received. The U.S. government had previously forbidden tech companies including Microsoft to disclose such information. But after the companies sued, the government allowed the companies to publish the number of national security orders and requests they receive, and the number of customer accounts targeted under those orders and requests. Microsoft released that data on Feb. 3.

This Law Enforcement Requests Report is the third that Microsoft has published.

Microsoft said in this most recent report that of the law-enforcement requests it received, 76 percent resulted in disclosure of “non-content data” (such as user name, billing address or IP history), while no data was disclosed in 21 percent. Of the requests, 2.32 percent resulted in disclosure of content data, with more than 80 percent of those requests coming from U.S. agencies.

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