Facebook Says It Received 546 Data Requests From Australian Authorities In First 6 Months of 2013

on August 28, 2013 | Facebook | Comments (2)

coolfacebookFacebook has revealed that in the first 6 months of 2013, Australian Authorities have made 546 requests for users data in regards to 601 user accounts.

Of these requests, 64% had some data produced to the government authorities.

In the United States there was 11,000 - 12,000 data requests involving 20,000 - 21,000 users.

79% of these requests for US user data was provided to the authorities.

Compare this to the 9000-10000 requests from the US government in the last 6 months of 2012.

What actual data does Facebook give to authorities? Content posted on the Facebook users account and IP address information.

“Transparency and trust are core values at Facebook. We strive to embody them in all aspects of our services, including our approach to responding to government data requests. We want to make sure that the people who use our service understand the nature and extent of the requests we receive and the strict policies and processes we have in place to handle them” said Facebook’s General Counsel, Colin Stretch.

You can read more about Facebook’s government requests from all around the world at this link.

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