Facebook, Microsoft release number of data requests from government

Facebook and Microsoft for the first time on Friday said they had gotten data requests from the government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but they added that the U.S. government did not permit them to provide specific figures.Instead, the government allowed the companies to release only broad numbers with no breakdowns. Over the last six months of 2012, Facebook said, it had received as many as 10,000 requests from local, state and federal agencies, which impacted as many as 19,000 accounts. Facebook has 1.1 billion accounts worldwide. Microsoft said that it received between 6,000 and 7,000 similar requests, affecting as many as 32,000 accounts.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/2013/06/14/61a6ff1e-d55c-11e2-a73e-826d299ff459_story.htmlAlso see:Facebook, Microsoft reveal surveillance request figures
Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the US government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.Facebook on Friday became the first to release aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post it received between 9,000 and 10,000 US requests for user data in the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’ accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/jun/15/facebook-microsoft-release-surveillance-figuresNSA snooping: Facebook reveals details of data requests
Facebook received 9,000-10,000 requests for user data from US government entities in the second half of 2012.The social-networking site said the requests, relating to between 18,000 and 19,000 accounts, covered issues from local crime to national security.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-22916329Web companies begin releasing surveillance information after U.S. deal
Facebook and Microsoft have struck agreements with the U.S. government to release limited information about the number of surveillance requests they receive, a modest victory for the companies as they struggle with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.Facebook on Friday became the first to release aggregate numbers of requests, saying in a blog post that it received between 9,000 and 10,000 U.S. requests for user data in the second half of 2012, covering 18,000 to 19,000 of its users’ accounts. Facebook has more than 1.1 billion users worldwide.
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/06/15/uk-usa-security-internet-idUKBRE95E01720130615
http://in.reuters.com/article/2013/06/15/usa-security-internet-idINDEE95E00720130615

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