Belgium asked twice as much data on Facebook and the Netherlands in 2015

Apr

29

2016

In 2015, Facebook received 571 requests for information from the Belgian authorities. Netherlands had 271 requests for information significantly fewer requests. For both countries, about three-quarters of the requests were honored.

It appears from the Global Government Requests Report that Facebook released it Thursday. Facebook world sees an increasing demand for user data and prohibition of content because that content laws in some countries which would violate Facebook officially allowed. A total of 87 977 requests for information made worldwide in 2015 and 76 395 requests for restricting certain content.

The number of requests is not equal to the number of persons or where user accounts covering. In Belgium the number of requests for 731 gold accounts and in the Netherlands was about 301 different accounts. For the Netherlands, it is a big increase compared to 2014. When the authorities asked 117 times data on 129 accounts that in about 60 percent of the cases were actually delivered information by Facebook.

Belgium had in 2014 already apply for a higher number, namely 448 requests about 565 accounts that that in about 60 percent of the information yielded by the social media company.

The authorities have not submitted requests in both lowlands to remove certain dates. Facebook message about this in a case study in France where the company has more than 32,000 times the access to a particular photo of the terrorist attacks in Paris blocked because the pictures would be contrary to French laws regarding the protection of human dignity. France makes frequent business block on the social network. In previous cases, this was according to the report, mainly due to a ban in France of denying the Holocaust.

Over the United States Facebook also publishes figures on the number of data requests that the user should not be informed of the request. In the US, that number is 60 percent. It is also striking that requests come mainly from Western countries.

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