Governments requesting more information from Facebook

In a recent Facebook bi-annual report, it showed that the Governments worldwide requested data on Facebook users’ 60,000 times in the first half of 2016. This is a 27 percent increase over the requests made in the second half of 2015. Besides this, the report also mentions the content Facebook restricts for violating local laws. Facebook said that it studies each request carefully and determine whether or not it has merit. It ultimately handed over 80 percent of the requested data.

There was a 18 percent growth in requests between the second half of 2014 and first half of 2015, while a 13 percent growth in the two halves of the year 2015. Thus, the 27 percent increase in second half of 2015 to first half of 2016 is a big step. In the United States, 13,742 out of 23,854 were for search warrants. Other categories included subpoenas and IP address traces, and 499 secret requests under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Facebook also reported a decrease of 84 percent in the worldwide requests to remove content that violated local laws. Read the full article here.

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