Govt requests for Facebook user data up a third in H1

Govt requests for Facebook user data up a third in H1

Govt requests for Facebook user data up a third in H1

The number of data requests made by the U.S. Government on Facebook users surged 26 percent int eh first half of 2017 versus the last six months of 2016. Of the data requests submitted by U.S. law enforcement, 57 per cent also contained non-discloser orders, meaning that Facebook was prohibited from notifying the user.

There was an increase of 304% globally on the number of content restrictions, from 6,944 to 28,036.

The social media company also said Facebook Facebook restricted access to 1,228 pieces of content after requests from law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Previously it was called the Government Requests Report, but it's since been renamed as it now also includes data regarding intellectual property requests.

In July, WIPR reported that Facebook had acquired Source3, a start-up focused on the management of IP in user-generated content. In the second half of previous year, that figure stood at 64,276.

The US led requests by a considerable margin, responsible for 41 per cent of all information requests made to Facebook during the period.

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In keeping with other major social networks, Facebook is fielding more requests for private user data than ever - among them secret orders enabling USA authorities to demand information without a warrant. Around 54% of these requests had some data produced.

In a foreword to the report, the company stated: "If a request appears to be deficient or overly broad, we push back, and will fight in court, if necessary. We restricted access in Mexico to 20,506 instances of the video in the first half of 2017" read the report. For instance, in order for USA law enforcement to compel the disclosure of messages, photos and location information, they must provide a valid search warrant and have "probable cause". The report also revealed the redacted copies of five National Security letters that the company was not allowed to disclose earlier as per the non-disclosure orders.

Facebook also took action against more than 300,000 counterfeit content marketed and sold across its platforms, and took down almost 150,000 pieces of trademark infringing content.

The informal organization initially presented the reports, which give crude figures on information solicitations and information in truth, in 2013 to help build permeability on government conduct. On Instagram, it made a move against 108,094 posts following 10,231 fake cases.

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