Facebook release government data request report

Facebook Government Requests Report screenshot
Facebook Government Requests Report screenshot

Facebook has released their second Government Requests Report for the period between July and December 2013.

From the United States, the company said it received 12,598 requests for information from law enforcement for 18,175 user accounts.

Facebook complied with 81 percent of those requests.

The US accounted for 44.75 percent of the requests worldwide. Only seven countries made more than 1,000 requests.

In the previous report, Facebook used banded groupings stating 11,000 to 12,000 requests or between 20,000 to 21,000 user accounts. 79 percent of these requests were granted.

This report also includes the volume of National Security Letters (NSLs) and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requests due to legal action taken by technology companies after Eric Snowden leaked documents on the National Security Agency (NSA).

However, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) still implements delays of six months, and up to two years for “New Capability Orders.”

The rules also limit the report to bands of 1,000 rather than more granular numbers.

According to the report, Facebook received between 0 and 999 requests from the NSA using these parameters.

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