Amazon turns up spectacularly late to 'transparency' party, pours a large one
Where is the mustard? There is not enough mustard out there
Amazon has finally released details of the info snooping governments from around the world demand of the retail and cloudy biz.
The company said in a subdued blog post that it would publish a bi-annual information request report.
It comes after Amazon – unlike its tech rivals – spent years resisting going public with the data. The firm's Stephen Schmidt said:
Amazon knows customers care deeply about privacy and data security, and we optimise our work to get these issues right for customers.
The first such report (PDF) revealed the number of requests the Jeff Bezos-run company received from 1 January to 31 May this year.
It was subpoenaed 813 times and cooperated fully on 542 such requests. The company also fully complied with 13 of the 25 search warrants that were waved at Amazon by authorities during the fist half of 2015.
Amazon also revealed that it had played nice with foreign governments most of the time: of 132 such demands, it responded fully to 108 requests.
The online retail giant only received 13 court orders and complied fully with four requests.
Interestingly, Amazon only faced one removal request during the six-month period, which it responded to in full.
Among other things, Amazon denied having ever "participated in the NSA's PRISM program."
If you're curious to know exactly how many national security orders Amazon had received, you'll have to whistle for the number.
Reading between the lines of Amazon's 1st transparency report, they've almost certainly received a NSL or FISA order. http://t.co/MRfT5dVdiQ— Christopher Soghoian (@csoghoian) June 13, 2015
The report simply revealed that the company was subjected to anything between zero and 249 requests from g-men in the first half of 2015. ®