Amazon’s first transparency report says it defends customer privacy whenever possible

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Bowing to pressure to reveal its government-related data practices, Amazon today released information outlining US government requests for information about its customers and users. Stephen Schmidt, chief information security officer for Amazon Web Services, said in a blog post that Amazon does not disclose customer information to the government unless it complies with a “legally valid and binding order,” and notifies customers about that request unless prohibited from doing so or there is clear criminal activity in evidence. Schmidt further states that Amazon has never participated in the NSA’s controversial PRISM program, and in fact has challenged government subpoenas and even won decisions protecting customer privacy. It…

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