Govt requests for FB user data rises by 7% globally; India second

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Govt requests for FB user data rises by 7% globally; India second

Saturday, 25 May 2019 | PTI | Washington

Government requests for Facebook user data increased globally by seven per cent in the second half of 2018 with India being on the second spot after the US in the list of nations asking the social networking giant to divulge details, a top executive of the company has said.

California-headquartered Facebook, sharing its latest transparency report on Thursday, said it seriously takes the commitment to transparency at the company.

Guy Rosen, Facebook VP of Integrity, said that in the second half of 2018, Government requests for user data increased globally by seven per cent from 103,815 to 110,634.

“This increase reflects normal growth for the second half as compared to previous reporting periods,” he said in a statement on the company’s website. Of total volume, the US continues to submit highest number of requests, followed by India, the UK, Germany and France, Rosen said. He said that during the second half of 2018, the volume of content restrictions based on local law increased globally by 135 per cent from 15,337 to 35,972.

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