contador Saltar al contenido

Governments are increasingly asking users for Facebook

Government requests for user data continue to increase worldwide, Facebook says in its transparency report

According to the latest transparency report, Facebook continues to see increasing user data requests from governments around the world.

Governments are increasingly asking users for Facebook data

The social network introduced for the first time the reports, which provide raw data on data requests and data granted, in 2013 to help increase visibility on government behavior. Facebook has limits on what information it can share, but the numbers show that the requests reached 78,890 in the first half of 2017, with an increase of 33% compared to the previous year and 23% compared to the previous semester.

States that require more data from Facebook about users

The United States, India, the United Kingdom, Germany and France were the most active in presenting data requests, representing 41%, 12%, 9%, 7% and 6% respectively of the amount total requests. Each of these governments has obtained in more than 50% of the cases the granting of the requested information, with the United States in 85% of cases, the United Kingdom in 90% and France in 74%, thus being characterized as the states with the highest number high amount of personal information obtained on Facebook users. There are also data from Italy.

How many users' data has Italy asked Facebook

Facebook user data transparency

Users' data not granted by Facebook to governments is increasing

Also the amount of data not granted by Facebook to governments increased in the first half of 2017, until reaching the 28,036 requests not granted, compared to 6,944 in the previous quarter and 9,666 a year earlier. However, much of this amount can be traced back to a tragic shootout in a school in Mexico, which led Facebook to restrict access to 20,506 content.

Secret requests for Facebook users' secret data

Despite the revelations, there are many things that Facebook cannot report openly, particularly on the nature and reason for data requests from governments, and this is especially true for the United States.

"57% of the requests for data that we received from the police in the United States contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user about it, uphill compared to 50% of our last report"Facebook General Delegate Chris Sonderby wrote in a blog post.

In addition to state communications, Facebook has also introduced more details about content requests for the first time.

Many cases on Facebook for copyright infringement

They have been forwarded further 200,000 requests relating to Copyright on Facebook content. About 70,000 copyright requests have been sent to Instagram is 685,000 contents have been removed.

over 110,000 Facebook content They were removed for violation related to the brand and over 37,000 were the contents removed by Instagram.

Facebook data on counterfeiting

The numbers are rather revealing when it comes to claims for counterfeiting. Facebook stated that they were rimossi 217.265 contents from your social network, acting in response to 81% of the 14,279 requests in the first half of the year. On Instagram, moreover, intervened against 108,094 posts, due to 10,231 requests for forgery.

The counterfeit complaints against Instagram content increased steadily in the first half of 2017, with the number of complaints in June, 2,191 reports, higher than the number of complaints submitted for Facebook in April. However, the actual number of content that was taken into account was lower on Instagram than Facebook, but it is a taste of the growth of Instagram as a means of influence and importance, even though Facebook still remains the largest social network in terms of of contents.

Facebook user data transparency