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[liberationtech] Microsoft Releases 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report

Joseph Lorenzo Hall joe at cdt.org
Thu Mar 21 07:31:56 PDT 2013


Two things seem particularly interesting: apparently zero requests for
content were fulfilled for Skype and the associated FAQ [1] says CALEA
(the US law that mandates intercept capability) does not apply to Skype.
That seems particularly encouraging to me.

The FAQ is also interesting in that the non-content question mentions
"location" but then only lists state, country and ZIP code as fields
provided (I don't know how MSFT would have access to precise
geolocation, but that doesn't appear to be something they provide). Also
the NSL reporting in the FAQ is binned in terms of thousands of NSLs...
so in 2009 they report receiving 0-999 NSLs and in 2010 1000-1999 NSLs
(hard to tell if that was just one more NSL or a bunch).

best, Joe

[1]
https://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/reporting/transparency/#FAQs1

On Thu Mar 21 10:07:16 2013, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
> We did it! Our Skype Open Letter worked!!!
>
> *Pats self on back*
>
>
> NK
>
>
> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM, James Losey <losey at newamerica.net> wrote:
>
>> From the blog post:
>>
>> "As noted in the data table (available in the PDF below) in 2012,
>> Microsoft and Skype received a total of 75,378 law enforcement requests.
>> Those requests potentially impacted 137,424 accounts. While it is not
>> possible to directly compare the number of requests to the number of users
>> affected, it is likely that less than 0.02% of active users were affected.
>> The data shows that, after a careful review of each request by our
>> compliance teams, 18% of law enforcement requests to Microsoft resulted in
>> the disclosure of no customer data. Approximately 79.8% of requests to
>> Microsoft resulted in the disclosure of only non-content information, and
>> only a small number of law enforcement requests (2.2%) resulted in the
>> disclosure of customer content. To further explain the data, we have
>> included Frequently Asked Questions and Answers below."
>>
>> Report page:
>> http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/reporting/transparency/
>> Blog post:
>> http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_on_the_issues/archive/2013/03/21/microsoft-releases-2012-law-enforcement-requests-report.aspx
>> PDF:
>> http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/3/8/F38AF681-EB3A-4645-A9C4-D4F31B8BA8F2/MSFT_Reporting_Data.pdf
>> NY Times:
>> http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/technology/microsoft-releases-report-on-law-enforcement-requests.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
>>
>>
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>>
>> We did it! Our Skype Open Letter worked!!!
>>
>> *Pats self on back*
>>
>>
>> NK
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM, James Losey <losey at newamerica.net
>> <mailto:losey at newamerica.net>> wrote:
>>
>>     From the blog post: 
>>
>>         "As noted in the data table (available in the PDF below) in
>>         2012, Microsoft and Skype received a total of 75,378 law
>>         enforcement requests. Those requests potentially impacted
>>         137,424 accounts. While it is not possible to directly
>>         compare the number of requests to the number of users
>>         affected, it is likely that less than 0.02% of active users
>>         were affected. The data shows that, after a careful review of
>>         each request by our compliance teams, 18% of law enforcement
>>         requests to Microsoft resulted in the disclosure of no
>>         customer data. Approximately 79.8% of requests to Microsoft
>>         resulted in the disclosure of only non-content information,
>>         and only a small number of law enforcement requests (2.2%)
>>         resulted in the disclosure of customer content. To further
>>         explain the data, we have included Frequently Asked Questions
>>         and Answers below."
>>
>>     Report
>>     page: http://www.microsoft.com/about/corporatecitizenship/en-us/reporting/transparency/
>>     Blog
>>     post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_on_the_issues/archive/2013/03/21/microsoft-releases-2012-law-enforcement-requests-report.aspx
>>     PDF: http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/3/8/F38AF681-EB3A-4645-A9C4-D4F31B8BA8F2/MSFT_Reporting_Data.pdf
>>     NY
>>     Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/22/technology/microsoft-releases-report-on-law-enforcement-requests.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
>>
>>
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