LinkedIn Releases New Transparency Report

LinkedIn has released a new transparency report. “The number of requests received is relatively flat compared to the prior reporting period (145 total requests worldwide in the first half of 2016, versus 150 for the second half of the year). However, there continues to be a noticeable uptick in the number of accounts affected, on average, by an individual request. This imbalance is one we’ll continue to monitor closely, along with the ongoing trend of requests accompanied by nondisclosure (‘gag’) orders.”

CNET: Google wants better international rules for data requests

CNET: Google wants better international rules for data requests. “We know governments send requests to Google for our data. We know they sometimes get a court order, and they’ve even done so secretly. And though Google puts out a semiannual transparency report giving us a broad sense of how often governments are asking to access private data of its users, Google says a new problem has cropped up: The number of requests from governments outside the US is growing.”

Beta News: Microsoft transparency report reveals first National Security Letter and shows doubling of FISA orders

Beta News: Microsoft transparency report reveals first National Security Letter and shows doubling of FISA orders. “Microsoft has published its latest transparency report and, for the first time, disclosed the contents of a National Security Letter it received. In addition to the debut appearance of such a letter in the report, Microsoft also reveals that in the reported period in 2016 the number of FISA orders more than doubled compared to the previous period.”

Etsy Releases a Transparency Report

Etsy has released a transparency report. It appears to mostly concern intellectual property violations, from the statistics. “The Transparency Report is one way we demonstrate our commitment to be a mindful, transparent, and humane business. We’re not required to share this information, but we believe that it’s the right thing to do because it reflects our values and helps our community better understand how we approach these important topics. As in prior years, we’ve included information about requests for member information and intellectual property (IP) takedowns, and shared some of the ways we strive to keep Etsy.com a reliable, trustworthy place to shop and do business.”