Simply as Amazon was basking within the information of a large earnings win, the tech big quietly printed — because it at all times does — its newest transparency report, revealing a slight dip within the variety of authorities calls for for consumer information.
It’s a hardly ever seen decline within the variety of calls for acquired by a tech firm throughout a 12 months the place nearly each different tech big — together with Fb, Google, Microsoft and Twitter — all noticed a rise within the variety of calls for they obtain. Solely Apple reported a decline within the variety of calls for it acquired.
Amazon stated it acquired 1,841 subpoenas, 440 search warrants and 114 different court docket orders for consumer information — comparable to its Echo and Hearth gadgets — through the six-month interval ending 2019.
That’s a few four% decline on the primary six months of the 12 months.
The corporate’s cloud unit, Amazon Internet Providers, additionally noticed a decline within the variety of calls for for information saved by clients, down by about 10%.
Amazon additionally stated it acquired between zero and 249 nationwide safety requests for each its shopper and cloud providers (guidelines set out by the Justice Division solely permit tech and telecom firms to report in ranges).
On the time of writing, Amazon has not but up to date its regulation enforcement requests web page to checklist the newest report.
Amazon’s biannual transparency report is without doubt one of the lightest reads of any firm’s figures throughout the tech trade. We beforehand reported on how Amazon’s transparency experiences have purposefully grow to be extra imprecise over time reasonably than clearer — bucking the trade development. At simply three pages, the corporate spends most of it explaining the way it responds to every type of authorized demand reasonably than increasing on the numbers themselves.
The corporate’s Ring sensible digicam division, which has confronted heavy criticism for its poor safety practices and its cozy relationship with regulation enforcement, nonetheless hasn’t launched its personal information demand figures.