Microsoft to detail data provided to government

REDMOND — A top Microsoft Corp. lawyer says the company has secured permission from federal officials to say more about the volume of law enforcement and national security orders it has received to turn over customer information.

The disclosure came in a statement Friday from Vice President and Deputy General Counsel John Frank.

Frank said that for last six months of 2012, Microsoft received between 6,000 and 7,000 criminal and national security warrants, subpoenas and orders affecting between 31,000 and 32,000 consumer accounts from U.S. local, state and federal governmental entities.

He says that affects “a tiny fraction of Microsoft’s global customer base.”

Frank said Microsoft secured permission Friday from the FBI and U.S. Justice Department to publish the additional information.

Facebook released similar new but limited information about government orders regarding user data.

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