Gov’t Requests for Facebook Data Outlined in Transparency Report
ONLINE PRIVACYAugust 28, 2013
In the first half of 2013, Facebook fielded governments’ requests for data on more than 38,000 Facebook users and complied with about 80 percent of those requests, Reuters reports. That’s according to the social networking giant’s first report on the scale of data inquiries it receives globally. Of those, U.S. law enforcement authorities made the most requests, seeking data on between 20,000 and 21,000 users between January and June, the report states. That’s up from the amount of requests they made in the six month-period prior, which was roughly between 18,000 to 19,000. Authorities in India, the UK and Germany also requested data on large numbers of users.