Australia ranks highly in cop requests for Microsoft data

Microsoft publishes 2012 Law Enforcement Requests Report

Australia ranked number seven in the world in 2012 when it came to law enforcement requests for user data, according to new figures from Microsoft.

Microsoft released the data on law enforcement requests for data, in an initiative similar to Google's Transparency report.

In total, worldwide law enforcement requests covered some 135,000 Microsoft and Skype accounts, according to the company.

Last year Australian law enforcement organisations made 2238 requests for data on users of Microsoft services; the requests covered almost 3100 users. There were 195 requests for Skype data, covering 424 accounts.

The United States took the top stop with more than 11,000 requests relating to Microsoft accounts, followed by the UK on 92226 requests.

The overwhelming majority of data handed over to Australian law enforcement was transactional data; that is, data about communications and service use, not the content of communications.

Google revealed early this year that in the second half 2012, Australian government requests for data about users of its services increased by about 11 per cent compared to six months prior.s

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