Microsoft released information regarding government requests for information regarding its digital services. This the first time that Microsoft has done so. While it isn’t the first company to release this sort of information, the company has gone beyond normal reporting, providing a granular report of government requests for data that helps provide a better understanding for how the world of government inquiry functions. Microsoft’s data comes at an important moment. Discussions involving control of the Internet, cybersecurity regulation, and hacking scandals are dominant news topics not only because they matter, but due to their status as resoundingly current; the interplay between law, digital services, and your information has never been more active. Framing Microsoft’s disclosure is Twitter’s recent dissemination of data, including the fact that 1,858 requests for information from governments in 2012.
Microsoft Releases Government Requests for User Data
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).