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Microsoft Received 515 User Data Requests From Indian Govt Between Jan-Jun 2013

Microsoft received a total of 321 requests for disclosure of 515 users & accounts from the Indian government in first six months of 2013, it has revealed as a part of its Law Enforcement Requests report, compared to 471 requests for disclosure of 695 users and accounts it received from the Indian government in financial year 2012. Out of the total 321 requests, it received a total of 43 requests for disclosure of 102 Skype accounts from the Indian government, while the rest of the requests were for other Microsoft services. The company mentioned that the content disclosed could include the subject or body of an email, photos stored in SkyDrive, address book information and calendars, while non-content information could include the user’s name, billing address and IP history among others. All of its major online services are covered in this report, including Hotmail, Outlook.com, SkyDrive, Xbox LIVE, Microsoft Account, Office 365, although Skype user account data has been disclosed separately. Microsoft complied with none of the requests resulting in disclosure of exact content but it complied with as many as 224 requests resulting in disclosure of subscriber/transactional (non-content) data. The company also revealed that 44 requests or 16.2% of requests resulted in disclosure of no customer data, that is, no data was found and around 8 requests or 3.2% of requests resulted in disclosure of no customer data or request rejected for not meeting legal requirements. As for Skype, there were requests for 34 accounts or 79.1% specified in requests resulting in disclosure of subscriber/transactional (non-content)…

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