Today, Microsoft is releasing its latest biannual digital trust reports on the Microsoft Reports Hub. These reports consist of the Law Enforcement Requests Report, U.S. National Security Orders Report and Content Removal Requests Report.

The Law Enforcement Requests Report and the U.S. National Security Orders Report, which encompass the period from July through December 2017, remain predominantly consistent with previous reports:

  • During the second half of 2017, Microsoft received a total number of 22,939 legal requests for customer information from law enforcement agencies, which is a slight decrease from the previous six-month period.
  • A majority of the law enforcement demands Microsoft received during this period continued to come from a handful of countries, including the U.S., United Kingdom, France and Germany.
  • For the latest Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) data reported (which is January – June 2017), Microsoft received 0-499 FISA orders seeking content disclosures affecting 12,500-12,999 accounts, compared to the 0-499 FISA orders seeking disclosure of content impacting 13,000 – 13,499 accounts reported for the previous period. We received 0-499 National Security Letters in the latest reporting period, which is unchanged from the previous period.

The latest Content Removal Requests Report details acceptance rates regarding requests received from governments, copyright holders, individuals subject to the European Union’s “Right to Be Forgotten” ruling, and victims of non-consensual pornography.

Please visit our Data Law website for more information about Microsoft’s principles, policies and procedures for responding to government requests for data.


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