Governments Requesting More User Data from Facebook

The social media giant announced on Wednesday that government requests for account data increased by 18 per cent in the first half of 2015.

The requests increased from 35,051 last year to 41,214 this year.

Facebook said the amount of content restricted for violating local law more than doubled over the second half of 2014 and the most requests for user data came from government entities in the US, which included 17,577 requests from law enforcement agencies involving more than 26,500 accounts.

Facebook said it had handed over data in about 80 per cent of those cases.

The top five requestors in countries where Facebook provides services included India, United Kingdom, France and Germany.

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