US authorities must have spent more time at Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court last year than in 2015. According to Microsoft’s latest transparency report, the tech titan received 1,000 to 1,499 surveillance requests for foreign intelligence purposes (known as FISA) from January to June 2016. That’s at least double the 0 to 499 requests it received within the same period the year before and then again from July to December 2015. Those figures look weird, because the government only allows companies to report FISA requests in a wide range of numbers. We unfortunately don’t know the exact figures, though Microsoft’s report is pretty telling anyway.
Mariella Moon reports: