US govt sought info on Microsoft users twice as often as Google customers

Washington, Mar 22 : The US authorities sought information on Microsoft's Hotmail, Outlook, Skype and other services' customers more than twice as often as it sought to snoop on Google's users, it has been claimed.

The Windows giant revealed that it had received 75,378 requests for customer information last year almost entirely from the U.S. government.

In contrast, the government sought data on Google customers via subpoena, search warrant and other means about 31,000 times in 2012, Fox News reports.

Brad Smith, general counsel and executive vice president of at Microsoft said that the firm produced detailed information on 1,558 customers.

The snooping affected only a tiny percentage of Microsoft's customers, Smith said.

He estimated it to have affected less than two one-hundredths of one percent.

According to the report, such revelations are a key insight for U.S. citizens, as concerns over data privacy have grown in recent years.

--ANI (Posted on 22-03-2013)

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