UK agencies in more than 1,900 Facebook data requests

British law enforcement agencies made more than 1,900 requests for data on Facebook users in last six months of 2013, according to results published by the social network.

There were 1,906 requests submitted to Facebook for user data related to criminal cases Between July and December 2013.

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Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, said: "Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share, and to make the world more open and connected. Sometimes, the laws of a country interfere with that mission, by limiting what can be shared there."

These requests affected 2,277 different accounts, and Facebook announced that more than 70% of these requests saw some data produced.

Globally there were more than 28,000 requests for data, but the number of requests by government agencies in the UK actually fell in the second half of the year.