FACEBOOK SAYS GOVERNMENT DATA REQUESTS ARE AT THEIR HIGHEST LEVEL EVER

U.S. Search Warrants Make Up The Majority of Data Requests.

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In a recent article written by Nick Statt from The Verge the reporter alerts us to the increasing number of government data requests. Recently, Facebook released its biannual report that shows government data requests (total law enforcement requests) are at their highest level ever at 41,214 for the first half of 2015.

In addition, the reporter indicates that the U.S. is still the global leader in data requests with 17,577 total requests affecting 26,579 users. In the majority of those cases, Facebook handed over some type of data. Furthermore, search warrants at 9,737 requests are the leading request type made by U.S law enforcement, followed by subpoenas at 5,375 requests.

It is important to note, Facebook scrutinizes each request for legal sufficiency and are not the only

company that releases this type of information. Twitter, Google, Amazon as well as telecoms and ISPs all disclose government data requests.

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