Australia is still one of the top countries when it comes seeking data from Microsoft about the users of its services.
The software vendor has updated its Google-style Law Enforcement Requests Report for the period January to June, revealing that it received 37,196 requests for data, covering up to 66,539 user accounts.
The overwhelming majority of these requests led to the disclosure of metadata: Transactional data that doesn't include the contents of communications and files.
Australian law enforcement organisations made 1219 requests in the six-month period covered by the report, affecting 1462 accounts. This compares to 2238 requests covering almost 3100 accounts for 2012. In 86.1 per cent of the cases, transactional data was handed over. Microsoft also received 197 requests for data relating to Skype, affecting 266 accounts.
When it comes to the number of requests, Australia trails France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey and the United States. US agencies made the most requests for user data at 7014, covering 18,809 user accounts.
The previous edition of the report, which covered 2012, showed 70,665 requests for data worldwide. In the first half of this year, a total of 37,196 requests were made.