Law Enforcement Requests Report

Microsoft receives legal demands for customer data from law enforcement agencies around the world. In March 2013, as part of our commitment to increased transparency, Microsoft began publishing details of the number of demands we receive each year in our Law Enforcement Requests Report and clear documentation of our established practices in responding to government legal demands for customer data.

We update this report every six months, and each report includes the number of demands we receive and the number of accounts or identifiers that may be affected by these demands. We also provide details on the number of demands we complied with and, if we complied, whether we provided content or non-content data.

This Law Enforcement Requests Report is focused only on law enforcement requests. In early 2014, we received permission to begin publishing data about the number of legal demands we receive from the U.S. Government pursuant to national security laws. Our most recent report on these requests can be found here, and like the Law Enforcement Requests Report, will be updated every six months. We publish this information to help customers understand the clear principles Microsoft follows in responding to legal demands for customer data. We believe that our customers deserve and need to understand our policies, and the extent to which law enforcement requests impact our users. We also believe that that this kind of increased transparency may help advocates and policymakers better arrive at an appropriate balance between public safety and customer privacy.

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In early 2014, Turkey modified its laws governing law enforcement access to non-content information from electronic communications service providers. For a brief period following those modifications, a number of requests were submitted to Microsoft pursuant to the previous legal standard. Those requests were returned to the requesting agency, and no customer data was disclosed. Because those requests were returned and not logged into our system, they are not included in this report.

Law Enforcement Requests Report FAQ
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Which Microsoft Services are included in this report?
How many Microsoft users were impacted by law enforcement requests?
How many enterprise cloud customers were impacted by law enforcement requests?
How many times did Microsoft disclose the content of customer communications or data storage to law enforcement?
What services are subject to law enforcement requests?
What is the difference between a consumer and an enterprise customer?
What should Microsoft customers take away from this data disclosure?
Did Microsoft ever challenge a law enforcement request?
Does the data include any legal demands that may have been issued pursuant to U.S. national security orders (e.g. FISA Orders and FISA Directives)?
Does Microsoft have a program to disclose information in response to imminent emergencies?

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