Microsoft releases Law Enforcement Requests Report

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. He enjoys following and reporting Microsoft news and developments in the world of Personal Computing & Social Media.

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  1. Dan

    I can only speak from perspective as a lifelong resident of the USA, but I know back in the 1950’s through onto the 1990’s, Federal and local law enforcement had staffs a lot bigger than they’ve been of late; for some time, many reductions especially for detective/investigatory positions have taken place in many USA jurisdictions.

    Back when, as suggested even in movies/TV of the days, there were not only uniformed/swat phalanxes in major urban areas, but scads of one kind or another of plainclothes police, who studied records, evidence, compared patterns/histories of known offenders, dactylography, and developed leads in person in the streets to real people doing real things. There were also less “for-profit” private prisons/long term defendant-paid “supervision” programs (especially for minor offenses), and more actually penitentiary-themed jails.

    But too often it seems law agencies have to make do with the internet and “scalpel action” triaged on what one can find panning online data, often like 1800’s prospectors…sure, sometimes a good bagful of nuggets are found, but look at all the mud and silt panned through to find it at random. Too often, the internet only becomes useful when a horrible thing has happened, and all energy can be focused on a more finite set of suspicious particulars, producing faster responses…while all sorts of other things build up because they appear to be incidental to planned wrongs but the effectuation hasn’t yet happened (i.e., takedowns are often more successful than preventions by apprehension).

    This can lead to some agencies being pressured to respond to questions of their protective value, sometimes the reaction being “data can generally be grabbed, go pluck x-amount of random data…there, we’ve tried to be proactive”; a few times some have turned to using “focus” on mere political critics or opponents…in either case saying of those critical of such misuse: “why, you don’t support such-and-so naughtiness of the moment…do you?”, even if open source opinion or content spam forms much of the data.

    Kudos to Microsoft for wanting to help where the public interest truly would be served, as evidenced by their other pro-law enforcement initiatives, and thank you for reporting on their efforts. Cheers!

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