Amazon releases first transparency report

Online retailer and cloud service provider discloses how many government information requests it has responded to

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Amazon published late on Friday its first transparency report and disclosed demands for data from governments it has responded to in a blog post by Amazon’s Chief Information Officer Stephen Schmidt, first reported by ZDNet.

According to the post, Amazon doesn’t reveal any customer information unless it is required to comply with a “legally valid and binding order.”

“Amazon knows customers care deeply about privacy and data security,” Schmidt said, adding that “Amazon never participated in the [US] National Security Agency’s [NSA] PRISM program [clandestine surveillance program where NSA collects internet connection from US internet companies].”

Among the details published in the report, Amazon said that it fully responded to 542 of the 813 subpoenas that it received from January 1 to May 31 this year.

Amazon disclosed only the range of National Security requests [0-249], since US law only permits companies to publish numbers within certain ranges set by the government.

The company, which also runs the world’s largest public cloud infrastructure, received 132 non-US requests and fully complied with 108 of them.

Amazon is expected to release its second bi-annual report late in 2015 or early next year.

TRTWorld and agencies