(The Hosting News) – Following the recent PRISM scandal, Microsoft continues to make strides regarding transparency. The tech giant recently released in latest transparency report concerning just how many government data requests it’d received between January and June of this year.
And despite the data requests made available, Microsoft emphasized that unfortunately it wasn’t yet allowed to “report detailed information about the type and volume of any national security orders.”
During the period, however, the company received 37,196 data requests for company services including Skype from law enforcement agencies.
The requests pertained to more than 66 thousand accounts and Microsoft also admitted that just 2.9% of the requests resulted in the disclosure of customer content.
Meanwhile, countries that accounted for most of the requests included the likes of the United States, the U.K., France, Germany and Turkey.
“We believe this data is valuable and useful to the community that is looking to better understand these issues. However we recognize that this report—focused on law enforcement and excluding national security—only paints part of the picture. We believe the U.S. Constitution guarantees our freedom to share more information with you and are therefore are currently petitioning the federal government for permission to publish more detailed data relating to any legal demands we may have received from the U.S. pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA),” stated Microsoft via its release.
You can view the full results here (Microsoft.com).