Amazon transparency report says it’s a defender of customer privacy

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Caving in to pressure to reveal its government-related data practices, Amazon has just released information about government requests for information about its customers and users.

Stephen Schmidt, who is Amazon Web Services’ chief information security officer, said in a blog post that the company does not disclose customer information to the government unless it complies with a legally valid and binding order, and also notifies customers about requests unless there’s clear criminal activity in evidence.

Amazon never participated in the NSA’s PRISM program

Schmidt also clarifies that Amazon has never participated in the US National Security Agency’s PRISM data collection program, and says it has even challenged government subpoenas and even won decisions to protect customer privacy. The company has also lobbied the US Congress to update privacy laws.

Amazon says it offers customers strong encryption so they can manage their own encryption keys. Schmidt said:

…we oppose legislation mandating or prohibiting security or encryption technologies that would have the effect of weakening the security of products, systems, or services our customers use, whether they be individual consumers or business customers.

The twice-yearly report covers 5  months of 2015 from January until May, in which it received 813 subpoenas, 35 search warrants, 13 other court orders, 132 foreign requests, and one removal order. It says it also received up to 249 national security requests.

The next report will be issued later this year.

The next report will be issued late this year or early next year.

SOURCE: The Next Web.

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