New transparency figures from Amazon show that the company has responded to a record number of government data requests in the last six months of 2020.
The new numbers land in the company’s semi-annual transparency report, which was posted on the Amazon website over the weekend.
Amazon said it processed 27,664 government requests for user data in the last six months of 2020, up from 3,222 data requests in the first six months of the year, an increase of nearly 800%. This user data includes shopping searches and data from his Echo, Fire and Ring devices.
The new report presents the data differently than previous transparency information. Amazon is now breaking down the most frequently requesting countries. In the past, the US authorities made up most of the total data requests that Amazon receives. However, this latest report shows that Germany has 42% of all inquiries, followed by Spain with 18% and Italy and the USA with 11% each.
But the report also eliminates the breakdown by legal process, and now only …