A Closer Look at Microsoft’s FISA Disclosure Numbers

Late last night, software giant Microsoft joined Facebook in disclosing the total number of requests for information it received from government agencies in the U.S.Numbers covering the final six months of 2012, shared in a company blog post, are slightly higher than Facebook’s.As with Facebook’s disclosure on Friday night, Microsoft’s new figures include the number of requests made by law enforcement and national security agencies under the auspices of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The disclosures were worked out as the result of a deal between the companies and government agencies because under current U.S. law, such disclosures are illegal.

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