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Kia Kokalitcheva Apr 13, 2017
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Microsoft discloses first national security letter

Michel Euler / AP

Microsoft has released its latest transparency report, and there's one new item: a national security letter, the first the company has been able to publicly release.

The letter, dating from January 2014, requested information about a Microsoft customer's consumer services, though the specifics have been redacted. The request was previously included in the aggregated data Microsoft publishes, but its content couldn't be discussed until the gag order was lifted.

Why it matters: Microsoft is one of several tech companies currently fighting with the government over the disclosure of customer information requests.