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Amazon says police demands for customer data have gone up

Amazon has said the number of demands for user data made by U.S. federal and neighbourhood law enforcement have increased more during the first half of 2020 than during the same period a year earlier.

The disclosure came in the company’s latest transparency report, publicized Thursday.

The anatomies show that Amazon received 23% more subpoenas and search warrants, and a 29% increase in court orders compared to the first half of 2019. That includes data collected from its Amazon.com retail storefront, Amazon Echo inventions and its Kindle and Fire tablets.

Breaking those figures down, Amazon said it received 😛 TAGEND

2,416 subpoenas, turning over all or part customer the data used in 70% of cases. 543 search warrants, turning over all or incomplete customer data in 79% of cases. 146 court orders, turning over all or incomplete consumer the data used in 74% of cases.

The number of requests to the company’s cloud business, Amazon Web Work, also went up compared to a year earlier.

But it’s not clear what started the rise in U.S. government demands for user data. A spokesperson for Amazon did respond to a request for comment.

The company accompanied the number of overseas seeks declined by about one-third compared to the same period a year earlier. Amazon rejected 92% of the 177 overseas requires it received, turning over partial consumer the data used in 10 cases and all requested data in four cases.

Amazon also said it received between 0 and 249 national certificate applications, flat from previous reports. Justice Department rules on disclosing grouped askings simply grant companies to respond in numerical ranges.

Amazon was one of the last major tech companies to issue a clarity report, despite mounting pres from privacy campaigners. But its report remains far lighter on details compared to its Silicon Valley rivals.

The company’s Ring smart camera partition, despite facing assessment for its poor security traditions and its close relationships with law enforcement agencies, has yet to release any data related to police requests for user data.

Many smart home device makes still won’t say if they give your data to the government

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