Facebook, Microsoft Issue Law Enforcement Request Data; Google Balks


Under scrutiny for handing over user information to the U.S. government, Facebook and Microsoft disclosed figures on data requests from U.S. government and law enforcement entities, the Wall Street Journal reports. Google said it wouldn't follow the lead of the other two tech giants, and questioned the value of disclosures without more detailed information.

Facebook said it got between 9,000 and 10,000 requests from all government entities in the second half of 2012. That number includes all requests from local, state and federal authorities as well as classified national security-related requests. Microsoft said it received 6,000 to 7,000 requests for data in the second half of the year from all U.S. government and law-enforcement entities in the U.S. It's not possible to determine how many of requests are associated with agencies such as the National Security Agency or the U.S. court that handles classified foreign-surveillance orders.

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