Govt Facebook data requests

The British Government made nearly 2,000 demands for information about Facebook users in the first half of this year, the social network said.

Facebook: 'We fight overly broad and vague requests'

Facebook said it resisted a significant number of demands for information where it found "legal deficiencies" and "overly broad or vague requests".

According to the report:

  • American agents submitted between 11,000 and 12,000 demands for information relating to between 20,000 and 21,000 users or accounts.
  • India made the second highest number of requests at 3,245
  • British authorities made 1,975 information requests
  • Germany made 1,886.

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Facebook calls for greater government transparency

Colin Stretch, of Facebook, said Mark Zuckerberg's site chose to publish the data to "make sure that the people who use our service understand the nature and extent of the requests we receive".

We believe that while governments have an important responsibility to keep people safe, it is possible to do so while also being transparent.

Government transparency and public safety are not mutually exclusive ideals.

Each can exist simultaneously in free and open societies, and they help make us stronger.

We strongly encourage all governments to provide greater transparency about their efforts aimed at keeping the public safe, and we will continue to be aggressive advocates for greater disclosure.

– Colin Stretch from Facebook

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Govt makes 2,000 demands for Facebook information

The British Government made nearly 2,000 demands for information about Facebook users in the first half of this year, the social network said.

The site complied with 68% of the requests which related to 2,337 accounts, according to its latest report.

The government made nearly 2,000 demands for information about Facebook users. Credit: Susanne Lindholm/Scanpix/Press Association Images

Facebook said agents in 74 countries sought information on some 38,000 users of the service in the six-month period - with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States.

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