Privacy

Requests for Facebook user data increased in first half of 2014

November 5, 2014

Global governments made more than 34,000 requests for Facebook user data in the first half of 2014, according to the social media company's new Government Requests Report.

This year's requests represent an approximately 24 percent increase since the last half of 2013, Facebook explained in a blog post. The U.S. accounted for the largest number of requests with 15,433, which impacted 23,667 accounts.

Data was turned over in 80 percent of cases. The report also touched on content restrictions based on local laws. Most of these restrictions involved Turkey, India and Pakistan, but even still, the amount of restricted content increased about 19 percent since the last half of 2013.

Dropbox and Google released their transparency reports earlier this year. Google saw a 15 percent increase in requests since the second half of 2013.

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