Kaspersky publicly released its first-ever Transparency Report, sharing information on user requests from government and law enforcement agencies for data and technical expertise in 2020 and H1 2021.
Kaspersky issuing its Transparency Report is in proactive response to the need for greater transparency amid the growing importance of technology in this day and age.
In issuing this report, users will understand how Kaspersky responds to requests, especially regarding users’ data security and privacy.
There are two categories: user data and technical expertise. Additional, the report discloses information about the number of such requests by country for 2020 and the first six months (H1) of 2021:
- In 2020, Kaspersky received 160 requests from governments and LEAs from 15 countries. 132 of those were for Non-Personal Technical Information & Expertise. All requests for user data (28) were processed and rejected due to an absence of data or not meeting legal verification requirements.
- In H1 2021, Kaspersky received 105 requests from governments and LEAs from 17 countries. 40% of those were processed and rejected due to an absence of data or not meeting legal verification requirements. In total, 89 requests received during the first six months of this year were for Non-Personal Technical Information & Expertise.
All requests go through mandatory legal verification before approving, rejecting, or appealing such requests. Requests for technical expertise include non-personal technical information by Kaspersky security researchers and machine learning algorithms, ranging from MD5 hashes of malware to info about the cyberattacks’ modus operandi.
Furthermore, Kaspersky divulged information about requests received from users for various purposes, including removing user’s personal information and for details where a user’s data is stored. Last year, the company received a total of 503 user requests. Then in H1 2021, the number doubles to 1,199 total requests.
Read more about Kaspersky Global Transparency Initiative through its official website here.