Microsoft Released 1,558 Pieces of "Content" to Authorities in 2012

By Gary Cutlack on at

Microsoft has updated the world on its interactions with the security forces of the world, revealing that it received 75,378 separate requests for information from police and local security services around the world during 2012.

Of those featured in its Law Enforcement Requests Report, only 1,558 resulted in Microsoft yielding and releasing actual user "content" of communications and files to security providers, with 99 per cent of these requests coming via US court warrants. Only 14 of the content requests were granted to courts and police outside of North America.

In terms of Skype use, Microsoft says it didn't release any actual communications content to authorities, but did release some material (user names, IP addresses, call details) regarding users of its chat and calling tool. [Microsoft via The Register]