Facebook and Microsoft reveal surveillance request figures
June 15 , 2013
Facebook and Microsoft have made agreements with the US government to release only limited information about the surveillance requests they receive.
It came as a modest victory for the companies as they were struggling with the fallout from disclosures about a secret government data-collection program.
Facebook was the first to release comprehensive numbers of requests, saying that it received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for users’ data in the second half of 2012, which covered 18,000 to 19,000 users' accounts.
Majority of those requests were routine police inquiries but under the terms of the deal with the justice department, Facebook is not allowed to say how many were secret orders were issued under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Until now, all information about the requests was deemed secret.