US Government Making More Requests For Data Than Ever, Says Facebook

US Government Making More Requests For Data Than Ever, Says Facebook

Facebook said Monday the USA government is making more secret requests for data about more users than ever before. Those requests asked for data on 41,492 users, and the social media giant gave data on 83.4 percent of them.

While the Indian government and law enforcement agencies requested for some information on 13,752 user accounts, Facebook produced "some data" in 54% of the cases in the January-June 2017 period.

Not all requests are secret, but 57 percent of those from the U.S. were accompanied with a non-disclosure agreement prohibiting the company from notifying the user. In total, the number of United States government account data requests that came with non-disclosure orders grew 50% from the second half of 2016.

Sonderby added Facebook "carefully scrutinize" each request received for account data to ensure it's legally sufficient. In the second half of 2016, which is July to December period, India's data requests stood at 7,289, which shows the number has been steadily increasing.

Facebook did not, however, revealed the details of the accounts governments requested their data. (FB) said that requests for user data from governments worldwide continued to increase. "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary", Facebook's Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said in a blog post.

Facebook said overall the number of content restrictions for violating local law increased by 304% globally, compared to the second half of 2016, from 6,944 to 28,036.

The Menlo Park tech firm released the data as part of a transparency report it publishes twice every year. Facebook restricted access in Mexico to 20,506 posts of the video in the first half of 2017 alone. The company stated that they are concerned about the internet disruptions, which can be a hurdle to the businesses and restrict people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends. Facebook received between 0 to 499 NSLs in the first half of 2017 concerning 500 to 999 users. To access more basic information, such as names and email addresses, only a valid subpoena in connection with an official investigation is required. Some 70,000 solicitations for copyright came to Instagram, with 685,000 bits of substance evacuated.