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Microsoft Updates Foreign Surveillance Request Count

Microsoft received 0-499 surveillance requests from January to June 2016, correcting an earlier report stating orders spiked to 1,000-1,499.

Microsoft has updated its latest biannual transparency report to confirm it received between 0 and 499 orders for disclosures of customer content between January and June 2016 under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). It initially reported receiving 1,000-1,4999 requests.

The update is a significant change from Microsoft's earlier report, which indicated a major spike in requests during the first half of 2016. This means there was no change in the amount of requests between the previous reporting period (July - Dec 2015) and the most recent.

Other data disclosed remains accurate. The orders seeking content disclosure affected 12,000-12,499 user accounts, a drop from the 17,500-17,999 accounts affected in the previous time period.

Microsoft included the FISA data in its latest biannual transparency reports, which were released along with a national security letter from the FBI as part of the USA Freedom Act.

Read more details here.

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