Bangladesh sought data on 17 Facebook users


Requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014, says Facebook

The government of Bangladesh has made seven requests seeking data of 17 Facebook accounts starting from January to the end of June of this year.

However, the authority of the globally top ranked social media did not respond to any of the requests.

It was found in the statistics that they themselves have revealed recently.

Facebook says in its Government Requests Report: We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague.

In this report Facebook provided the contrywise statistics of the governments’ requests and their responds.

According to Facebook, neighbouring India made 4,559 requests seeking data on 5,958 users, in which case the company responded to 50.87% of the requests made by the Indian government.

It also said we restricted access in India to a number of pieces of content reported primarily by law enforcement officials and the India Computer Emergency Response Team under local laws prohibiting criticism of a religion or the state.

Upon requests, 4,960 pieces of content were restricted, the report shows.

United States made 15,433 Law Enforcement Requests for Data of 23,667 Users/Accounts, 80.15% of which were duly responded.

Facebook responded to 71.68% of 2110 requests of UK for 2619 accounts.

Facebook Inc said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year, Reuters also reported.

In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data. During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19%.

“We’re aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher court to invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has seized,” the company said in a company blog post on Tuesday.

Google Inc reported in September a 15% sequential increase in the number of requests in the first half of this year, and a 150% rise in the last five years, from governments around the world to reveal user information in criminal investigations.