Facebook says that the government requests for data users rose much




Facebook Inc. said in a report on Wednesday that the government requests for data on their users rose in the first half of 2015 by 18% compared to the second half of last year.

Government access to personal data from telephone companies and Internet controversial issue privacy has become since the former contractor with the US Agency for National Security Edward Snowden mid-2013 for spyware hidden carried out by the Agency on Internet users in the United States and around the world revealed.

For its part, the technology industry has pushed for greater transparency on government requests for data users, from companies in an effort to get rid of fears that it is involved with governments in violating users’ privacy.

The Facebook semi-annual report one of the main indicators of interest were made by the Governments of the company. In general, law enforcement agencies and the spy agencies of the means of social media giant does not allow disclosure of specific requests.

Facebook said Wednesday in a report published on its website that the government requests for user data in the world has risen by 18% in the first half of 2015, to include an account 41.214, compared to 35.051 account in the second half of 2014.

In the first half of this year, Facebook removed the 20 568 publications and other types of content that “violates local laws”, and that number is more than double the publications that were removed in the second half of 2014.

Referred to the Facebook user base has grown considerably to more than 1.55 billion users, an increase of 1.4 billion in the second half of last year.

Governments often ask Facebook for a common basic information, such as “Internet Protocol” IP, or account content, including what users publish on the Internet addresses.

The bulk of the requests from government agencies and the US. As law enforcement agencies in the United States asked for data for 26 579 account – what constitutes more than 60% of applications worldwide – an increase of 21 731 account in the second half of 2014.

Governments have come to rely increasingly on “hidden treasures” of user data on Facebook network, to help in the investigation of criminal cases, which is responsible for most of the applications, according to the company said.

The many companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, and Olfabt (formerly Google), Yahoo, the last year has begun to publish half-yearly details about the number of government requests they receive for user data.


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