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No Skype traffic released to cops or spooks, insists Microsoft
Analysis Microsoft's Skype subsidiary didn't hand over any user content to law enforcement, according to the software giant's first ever report on how it deals with official requests for data.
As previously reported), Microsoft's transparency report revealed that Redmond received 75,378 requests from law enforcement agencies worldwide last year, involving 137,424 user accounts.
Microsoft supplied a separate set of figures for its Skype peer-to-peer VoIP subsidiary, which Redmond bought in late 2011 and operated until recently under a separate reporting structure and legal jurisdiction (Luxembourg law). Skype serviced 4,713 requests for data or information from law enforcement during 2012 that involved 15,409 accounts.
"Historically Skype only recorded instances in which it produced some data in response to a valid law enforcement request," Microsoft explained. "We are making changes to this practice so future disclosures will reflect rejections."
The UK (1,268) and US (1,154) accounted for a big slice of law enforcement requests handled by Skype globally, none of which are reported to have led to the release of user data. A detailed breakdown of all these figures and more can be found here (PDF).
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