US data request details revealed

Facebook and Microsoft have revealed details of the number of user data requests they received from US government entities in the second half of 2012. The firms disclosed the data after a deal was reached with US national security authorities.

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Microsoft announces details of US data requests

Microsoft has announced it received between 6,000 and 7,000 criminal and national security warrants, subpoenas and orders from US government agencies in the last six months of 2012.

The firm said the requests from local, state and federal level affected between 31,000 and 32,000 consumer accounts.

Microsoft revealed the details after an agreement was reached with the US government. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The software firm disclosed the data after a deal was reached with US national security authorities about such disclosures.

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