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Technology Facebook says government requests for user data have reached all-time high

01:00  14 november  2019
01:00  14 november  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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The number of government requests for user data have climbed to a new record, Facebook said in its biannual transparency report. Of those requests from the U.S. government , two-thirds included a "non-disclosure order prohibiting Facebook from notifying the user ," Sonderby wrote.

Facebook frequently provides that information within the confines of the law, and today the company’s latest Global Government Requests Report revealed that government requests for user data have reached an all time high . According to the report, governments made more than 64

The number of government requests for user data have climbed to a new record, Facebook said in its biannual transparency report.

Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of a Facebook logo, March 28, 2018.© Dado Ruvic/Reuters, FILE Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of a Facebook logo, March 28, 2018.

Those requests rose 16% during the first half of 2019 to 128,617, Chris Sonderby, the vice president and deputy general counsel for Facebook, wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

It's more than a fivefold increase from the 25,607 government requests in 2013, the first year Facebook published that data.

The U.S. has submitted the most requests so far in 2019, at 50,714, according to Facebook. Those requests asked for data from 82,461 total users/accounts.

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Demands by governments for user info are on the rise across the Internet.

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Of those requests from the U.S. government, two-thirds included a "non-disclosure order prohibiting Facebook from notifying the user," Sonderby wrote.

Facebook said it produced data for 88% of U.S. government requests, and that a majority of them, 47,457, were under the "legal process" category that includes search warrants, subpoenas and court orders. In 2013, Facebook complied with about 80% of requests.

a man that is standing in the dark: Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of a Facebook logo, March 28, 2018.© Dado Ruvic/Reuters, FILE Silhouettes of laptop users are seen next to a screen projection of a Facebook logo, March 28, 2018.

"As we have said in prior reports, we always scrutinize every government request we receive for account data to make sure it is legally valid," Sonderby wrote. "This is true no matter which government makes the request. If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary.

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"We do not provide governments with 'back doors' to people’s information," he added.

TikTok report says China didn't request user info in the first half of 2019 .
In its first-ever transparency report, TikTok claims it didn't receive any user information requests from the Chinese government in the first half of 2019. Instead, the majority of both legal and government-related requests came from India. In all, TikTok says it fielded 107 legal requests related to 143 Indian accounts, and provided authorities with user information in 47 percent of cases. Following India, TikTok received the most user information requests from American authorities. In the US, it got 79 requests related to 255 accounts, and went on to share information in 86 percent of cases. In third was Japan, where authorities requested information 35 times.

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