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Facebook reports surge in government requests for data

  • Facebook
    has said content restrictions and government requests for data surged in the
    first half of 2015, which the social network has seen continually increase
    since it began publicly releasing such data two years ago,
    Reuters reported.
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  • Government
    • Facebook
      has said content restrictions and government requests for data surged in the
      first half of 2015, which the social network has seen continually increase
      since it began publicly releasing such data two years ago,
      Reuters reported.
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    • Government
      requests for account data globally jumped 18 percent in the first half of 2015
      to 41,214 accounts, up from 35,051 requests in the second half of 2014,
      Facebook said in a blog post.
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    • The
      amount of content restricted for violating local law more than doubled compared
      with the same period in the second half of 2014 to 20,568 pieces of content, it
      said.
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    • Most
      government requests relate to criminal cases, such as robberies or kidnappings,
      Facebook said. The government often requests basic subscriber information, IP
      addresses or account content, including people’s posts online.
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    • The
      bulk of government requests came from US law enforcement agencies. The agencies
      requested data from 26,579 accounts – comprising more than 60 percent of
      requests globally – up from 21,731 accounts in the second half of 2014.
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    • France, Germany and Britain also made up a large
      percentage of the requests and had far more content restricted in 2015. Some of
      the content taken down in Germany,
      for example, may relate to Holocaust denial, Facebook said.
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    • India and Turkey were
      responsible for most of the content taken down for violating local laws. India had 15,155 pieces of content restricted –
      nearly triple the amount in the second half of 2014 – while Turkey had
      4,496, up from 3,624.
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    • The
      technology industry has pushed for greater transparency on government data
      requests, seeking to shake off concerns about their involvement in vast,
      surreptitious surveillance programs revealed by former spy agency contractor
      Edward Snowden.
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    • “Facebook
      does not provide any government with ‘back doors’ or direct access to people’s
      data,” Facebook wrote.
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    • Facebook,
      Microsoft Corp, Yahoo and Alphabet, formerly Google, last year began publishing
      details about the number of government requests for data they receive.

     

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