Over the weekend, Facebook and Microsoft also disclosed some data about law enforcement data requests. Microsoft said it had received between 6,000 and 7,000 requests for the six months ending December 31, while Facebook said it had received between 9,000 and 10,000 in the same period.
The amount of transparency that Facebook and Microsoft were allowed to offer about those requests was very limited and similar to Apple's. The law enforcement requests might or might not include requests related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), but companies aren't allowed to say so, according to Microsoft.
Loek is Amsterdam Correspondent and covers online privacy, intellectual property, open-source and online payment issues for the IDG News Service. Follow him on Twitter at @loekessers or email tips and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org