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Government requests for Facebook data 'up 25%'

Facebook has said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year.

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In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data.

During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19%.

"We're aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher court to invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has seized," the company said in a companyblog post.

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What does Facebook reveal about you?

Psychologists at the University of Cambridge say they can now accurately predict details of our personalities based simply on what we say we like on Facebook.

After analysing nearly 60,000 samples researchers achieved more than 80 percent accuracy in working out areas of our lives including race, religion, sexuality and politics.

Click below to watch a report by ITV Anglia's Matthew Hudson:

Facebook activity can predict personality traits

Psychologists at the University of Cambridge say they can now accurately predict details of our personalities based simply on what we say we like on Facebook.

After analysing nearly 60,000 researchers achieved more than 80% accuracy on working out areas of our lives including race, religion, sexuality and political leanings. They say the research could have a profound impact in areas such as advertising and market research.

Researcher Dr David Stillwell from Cambridge University said: "The average person on Facebook has more than 150 "Likes" so when you bring all of those pieces of information together you can see the average personality of a person."

Scientists say Facebook reveals intimate information

Facebook could pose a threat to our safety Credit: ITV News Anglia

Experts from the University of Cambridge have found that how we use facebook can reveal intimate information about our personality.

Specialists at the Psychomerics centre could predict users religion, political views and even IQ by looking at their likes.

They warn that in the wrong hands that data could pose a threat to people's safety.

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