US Government requests for data from Amazon Web Services spiked in the first half of 2017, with Amazon receiving 1,936 requests from the US law enforcement entities. During the latter half of 2016, Amazon received 1,583 requests.
Twitter has struggled to rein in harassment on its platform for years, but in January, the company pledged to finally get serious about the problem. "We didn't move fast enough last year; now we're thinking about progress in days and hours not weeks and months," Ed Ho, Twitter's general manager of consumer product and engineering, promised. Twitter has rolled out a slew of updates since then, designed to stifle abusive behaviour. But the company has been quiet about how often it takes action when accounts are reported for abuse, and reporting by BuzzFeed revealed that harassing tweets often enjoy a long and happy life on the platform.
In its biannual transparency report, Apple revealed that it received a National Security Letter. But unlike other tech companies who have been ordered to turn over customer information to the FBI, Apple hasn't yet published the demand letter it received. Apple's transparency report also includes several new categories of government requests, an indication that the company is becoming more granular in the way it reports data about its interactions with law enforcement.