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Microsoft Reveals Police Requests for User Data

Microsoft said today that in 2012 it received 75,378 law enforcement requests worldwide for customer information, but that it disclosed customer content in only 2 percent of those cases.

That's just a couple of the details laid out in its "2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report," the first-ever such disclosure from the software giant.

The report covers all of Microsoft's major online services including Hotmail, Outlook.com; SkyDrive; Xbox Live; Microsoft Account; and Office 365, and also discloses similar data relating to Skype.

In releasing the data about law enforcement requests, Microsoft follows the lead of online heavyweights Google and Twitter. Microsoft said it will update its report every six months.

Source: CNet. Read full article. (link)

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