Amazon has caved into pressure and released its first transparency report, highlighting that it was never involved in the US government's PRISM surveillance program.
Until now, Amazon was the last major technology company in the Fortune 500 to publicly disclose the number of government data requests it has received.
Giving in to mounting public pressure, with the likes of Facebook, Google and Microsoft having openly disclosed such information, Amazon released its first transparency report on Friday.
The firm has taken the opportunity to highlight its lack of involvement with the NSA and PRISM, along with its focus on defending customer privacy.
Stephen Schmidt, chief information security officer for Amazon Web Services (AWS), said in a blog post: "Amazon never participated in the NSA's PRISM program.
"We have repeatedly challenged government subpoenas for customer information that we believed were overbroad, winning decisions that have helped to set the legal standards for protecting customer speech and privacy interests."
Schmidt also said the firm has lobbied the US government to revamp its ageing privacy laws, adding: "We also advocate in Congress to modernize outdated privacy laws to require law enforcement to obtain a search warrant from a court to get the content of customer communications."
Following in the footsteps of Apple CEO Tim Cook, Amazon also spoke out about its strong stance on encryption, saying that while it recognises the "legitimate needs of law enforcement agencies to investigate criminal activity" it opposes "legislation mandating or prohibiting security or encryption technologies."
"We offer AWS clients strong encryption as one of many standard security features, and we provide them the option to manage their own encryption keys, Schmidt added.
"We publish security best practices documents on our website and encourage our clients to use these measures to protect sensitive content."
The biannual report covers six months from January 1 through May 31, and reveals that during that time, Amazon received 813 subpoenas, 35 search warrants, 13 other court orders, 132 foreign requests, and one removal order. It also received between zero and 249 national security requests.
The company's second bi-annual report is expected later this year, or early in 2016.
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