Amazon says government demands for user data spiked by 800% in 2020 – TechCrunch

New transparency figures released by Amazon show that the company responded to a record number of government data demands in the final six months of 2020.

New figures landed in Company’s bi-annual transparency report Published on Amazon’s website over the weekend.

Amazon said it processed 27,664 government demands for user data in the final six months of 2020, up from 3,222 data demands in the first six months of the year, close to 800%. That user data includes shopping searches and data from its Echo, Fire and Ring devices.

The new report presents the data differently From previous transparency disclosures. Amazon now breaks down the top requesting countries. US officials have historically made up the bulk of the overall data demands Amazon receives, but this latest report shows Germany with 42% of all requests, followed by Spain with 18%, and Italy and the US at 11% each. Share with you.

But the report also removes breakdowns from the legal process, and now distinguishes between user content and requests received for non-content. Amazon said it handed over user content data in 52 cases.

For its Amazon Web Services cloud business, which reports it separately, Amazon said it processed 523 data demands, accounting for 75% of all requests made by US authorities, and Amazon reported in 15 cases to users. Turned the contents of.

Amazon spokespersons would not say what led to the sharp increase in data demands. (Amazon rarely comments on its transparency reports.)

Amazon’s Transparency Report is one of the lightest reads of all tech giants at just three pages in length, and spends most of the report explaining how it responds to each legal demand compared to data. The company became known for notorious secrecy Last of the leading tech giants To exclude a transparency report in 2015, where most tech companies added data to their transparency reports, such as takedown notices and account takedowns, Amazon capitalized on the trend Deleting data Despite its report, the company reached millions of homes.

The Financial Times informed of Ring, video doorbell and home security startup this weekend Acquired by Amazon for $ 1 billion, Now has 2,000 law enforcement partners across the United States, which allow police departments to use door-to-door camera footage of homeowners.