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Facebook Reports 25,600 Government Requests for User Data, Mostly by U.S.

Aug 27 2013, 11:24am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Facebook Reports 25,600 Government Requests for User Data

Facebook has just issued its 'Global Government Requests Report' for first 6 months of 2013. It shows that social media giant has globally received 25,600 government requests for user data, almost half of which are sent by U.S. government.

Instead of all vows and protest against U.S. surveillance reports, latest Facebook report shows a rise in U.S. government requests for user data over the past 6 months. Facebook has just released its "Global Government Requests Report" for first 6 months of current year ending June 30th. This report reveals that the company received 25,600 requests from all over the world. 37,954 user accounts were requested to be breached. 

The number of U.S. government requests lies in range of 11,000-12000, which is higher than previous half. The number of user accounts requested lies in between 20,000 - 21,000 for U.S. only. While Facebook produced data for 79% U.S. requests. Facebook received 9,000 to 10,000 requests by U.S. government during last half of 2012.

Colin Stretch from Facebook General Counsel states in report that the company have 'stringent processes in place to handle all government data requests' that will protect user data as governments are required to fulfill 'very high legal bar' to access any user's data. He also said, "We scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency under our terms and the strict letter of the law, and require a detailed description of the legal and factual bases for each request. We fight many of these requests, pushing back when we find legal deficiencies and narrowing the scope of overly broad or vague requests." He also said that mostly basic information of user is shared in response of many requests.

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