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Government made 12,000 requests for Facebook data between July-Dec 2017

In its biannual transparency report on May 15, Facebook also revealed information about disruption of internet and services of the social media platform.

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The government of India is believed to have made 12,000 requests to Facebook for its data between July and December 2017. This is the second highest request made by any government to the social media platform, according to a report in the Times of India.

The US made the most requests during the period. The report claimed that requests made by India in the second half of 2017, was 23.5 percent more than it made in the first half. Facebook obliged to 53 percent of the requests.

Moneycontrol cannot independently verify the report.

The US made 32,742 data requests to Facebook in the second half of 2017. Facebook revealed the numbers in its biannual transparency report on May 15. The UK was just behind India on the list with around 7,500 requests. Germany, France and Brazil followed the UK.

Facebook described the nature of the requests in the meeting, saying “government officials sometimes make requests for data about people who use Facebook as part of ongoing official investigations. A vast majority of these request relate to criminal cases such as robberies or kidnapping. In many of these cases, these government requests seek basic subscriber information such as name, registration, date and length of service.”

There are more than 201 million active monthly Facebook users in India, and over 234 million in the US.

Facebook also released data on ‘internet disruptions’ and ‘intentional restrictions on connectivity’ which has affected the availability of the social media site and its services. India was first on the list with 14 shutdowns during the July-December period in 2017. Iraq and Turkey followed on second and third place.

The reasons cited for the interruptions are internet shutdowns ordered by the government, or suspension of internet services in some regions.

Russia and Pakistan were among the countries that made the least number of data requests.
First Published on May 17, 2018 03:44 pm
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