The global IT security company Kaspersky has committed to greater transparency and has shared information at the request of authorities and users on data and technical expertise by 2020 and the first half of 2021.
Thanks to the growing importance of technology in modern life, the demand for greater transparency in the software we use is growing – including in terms of security solutions.
To meet this demand, Kaspersky has published its first transparency report, Law Enforcement and Government Requests Report, to help its users understand how the company responds to these requests, as well as how they protect users’ data security and thus ensure privacy.
As the number of IT attacks increases every year and threatens the use of digital technologies, there is a growing need for collaboration in the IT world. To successfully combat cross-border cybercrime and ensure that users are protected and safe in the digital world, Kaspersky works with law enforcement agencies around the world.
During 2020 and the first half of 2021, Kaspersky will process requests from government agencies and law enforcement agencies in two categories: user data and technical expertise, as follows:
- By 2020, Kaspersky received 160 requests from governments and law enforcement agencies from 15 countries. 132 of these requests concerned non-personal technical information and expertise. All requests for user data (28) were processed and rejected due to lack of data or because they did not meet the legal verification requirements. Here, Russia was extremely active with 93 requests, of which 62% were rejected.
- In the first half of 2021, Kaspersky received 105 requests from governments and law enforcement agencies from 17 countries, including Denmark. 40% of these were processed and rejected due to lack of data or because they did not meet the requirements for legal verification. A total of 89 requests related to non-personal technical information and expertise.
- In addition, Kaspersky publishes information about requests from users, e.g. to remove personal information where user data is stored and which. In 2020, Kaspersky received a total of 547 requests from users, while this figure in the first half of 2021 has already more than doubled and now amounts to 1,229 requests.
Kaspersky never gives law enforcement or public organizations access to user data or corporate infrastructure. Information on such data is provided upon request, but no third party can directly or indirectly access infrastructure or data, and all requests undergo mandatory legal verification before such requests are approved, denied, or appealed.
Technical expertise requests include non-personal technical information produced and provided by Kaspersky’s IT security investigators and machine learning algorithms. This may include MD5 hashes of malware, Indicators of Compromise, information about the motives of the IT attack, the effect of reverse engineering of malware, statistical information and other results of studies and research. Further information on how Kaspersky handles requests can be found here.
At Kaspersky, we are committed to creating greater transparency in what we do and how we do it. Our company works with law enforcement organizations around the world with the clear goal of strengthening international cyber security. We are convinced that our users benefit from the fact that we clearly state how we do it, ”says Oleg Abdurashitov, Head of Public Affairs at Kaspersky.
Source: IT-Kanalen by it-kanalen.dk.
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