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U.S. National Security Orders Report

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In early 2014, we received permission to publish data about the legal demands we receive from the U.S. Government pursuant to national security laws. We update this information every six months.

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We report on the number of orders received, however, receipt of an order does not mean Microsoft ultimately disclosed the information sought. We have successfully challenged requests in court, and will continue to do so when we believe there are grounds for a challenge.

Report

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Orders*

Reporting period Orders seeking disclosure of content Accounts impacted by orders seeking content Orders seeking disclosure of only non-content Accounts impacted by non-content orders
July - Dec 20110 - 99911,000 - 11,9990 - 9990 - 999
Jan - June 20120 - 99911,000 - 11,9990 - 9990 - 999
July - Dec 20120 - 99916,000 - 16,9990 - 9990 - 999
Jan - June 20130 - 99915,000 - 15,9990 - 9990 - 999
July - Dec 20130 - 99918,000 - 18,9990 - 9990 - 999
Jan - June 20140 - 99919,000 - 19,9990 - 9990 - 999
July - Dec 20140 - 99918,000 - 18,9990 - 9990 - 999
Jan - June 20150 - 49915,500 - 15,9990 - 4990 - 499
July - Dec 20150 - 49917,500 - 17,9990 - 4990 - 499
Jan - June 20160 - 49912,000 - 12,4990 - 4991,000 - 1,499
July - Dec 20160 - 49913,000 - 13,4990 - 4990 - 499

National Security Letters (NSL**)

Reporting period Orders seeking disclosure of content Accounts impacted by orders seeking content Orders seeking disclosure of only non-content Accounts impacted by non-content orders
July - Dec 2011N/AN/A0 - 9991,000 - 1,999
Jan - June 2012N/AN/A0 - 9991,000 - 1,999
July - Dec 2012N/AN/A0 - 9990 - 999
Jan - June 2013N/AN/A0 - 9990 - 999
July - Dec 2013N/AN/A0 - 9990 - 999
Jan - June 2014N/AN/A0 - 9990 - 999
July - Dec 2014N/AN/A0 - 9990 - 999
Jan - June 2015N/AN/A0 - 9990 - 999
July - Dec 2015N/AN/A0 - 4990 - 499
Jan - June 2016N/AN/A0 - 4990 - 499
July - Dec 2016N/AN/A0 - 4990 - 499
Jan - June 2017N/AN/A0 - 4990 - 499

*The government previously permitted requests to be reported in bands of 1,000. The passage of the USA Freedom Act enabled us to report Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests and National Security Letters (NSLs) in narrower ranges and we are providing our recent data using the new range. The aggregate FISA data covers six month periods, but can only be published six months after the end of a reporting period.

**National Security Letters by definition do not seek disclosure of customer content.

FAQs




The below are frequently asked questions concerning requests we receive from the U.S. Government pursuant to national security laws. Additional information and FAQs related Microsoft’s policies and procedures for responding to government requests for data can be found here.

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