“Within the latest transparency release Microsoft reports in the first half of 2016 they received a massive increase in FISA orders; primarily from U.S. governmental agencies.
• “For the latest Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) data reported, Microsoft received 1,000-1,499 FISA orders seeking content disclosures affecting 12,000-12,499 accounts, compared to the 0-499 FISA orders seeking disclosure of content impacting 17,500-17,999 accounts reported for the previous period.
We received 0-499 National Security Letters in the latest reporting period, which remains unchanged from the previous period.” (link)
Why would there be such a significant spike in FISA orders during the first six months of 2016?”
Could it be politically motivated? Think so.