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Twitter Report Shows U.S. Gov’t User Data Requests On the Rise

SOCIAL NETWORKING—U.S.

August 1, 2013

Twitter says the U.S. government continues to make the most requests for data on subscribers, The Washington Post reports. In the first six months of the year, federal authorities made 902 requests for user information. In the same period last year, it requested information on 815 subscribers, the company’s transparency report indicates. Additionally, the U.S. government’s requests comprised 78 percent of all requests for user data. In its latest blog post, Twitter said it has “joined forces with industry peers and civil liberty groups to insist that the United States government allow for increased transparency into these secret orders.” (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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