Microsoft Increases Data Disclosure Requests from Law Enforcement–Semi-Annual Report

On April 15, Microsoft released a report on data disclosure requests received from law enforcement agencies, revealing an increase in disclosure requests in 2020. The data appears in the Law Enforcement Requests Report, one of Microsoft’s semi-annual Digital Trust reports. This shows how the company responds to requests for data disclosure and content deletion. The latest Law Enforcement Requests Report covers July-December 2020. During this period, Microsoft received 5682 legal requests from US law enforcement agencies for consumer service-related data. A previous report on the first half of 2020 revealed that there were 5,507 similar requests from US law enforcement agencies, bringing the total number of requests for the full year of 2020 to 11,189.

Breakdown of Microsoft’s response to requests from U.S. authorities
Provided by: Microsoft Over the past few years (2017, 2018, 2019), US law enforcement requests have fallen between 9100 and 9400. Globally, in the second half of 2020, Microsoft received 24,798 requests from law enforcement agencies for consumer service-related data. The number of requests in the first half of 2020 was 24,093. The United States had the highest number of requests among law enforcement agencies in each country, followed by Germany, the United Kingdom and France. For corporate customer data, Microsoft received 109 requests from law enforcement agencies around the world in the second half of 2020. In 69 of these, the request was either rejected or withdrawn, or law enforcement agencies contacted the customer directly. In the other 40 cases, Microsoft was forced to provide some information upon request. Of these, 19 required disclosure of some customer content, and 21 were forced to disclose only non-content information. Read all ZDNet Japan articles by e-mail every morning (free registration) Apply for e-mail newsletter Share

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