US Government Data Rquest to Facebook, Microsoft release

Facebook’s released Global Government Requests Report, on Tuesday for the first time, where offered details on official requests from 74 countries 38,000 Facebook users from the world.

The most requests, wanting for details information on between 20,000 and 21,000 users was made by The US sofar and UK asked to hand over data over 2337 users to facebook. Facebook said they will continue to be aggressive advocates for greater disclosure.


us-gov-req-on-facebookFacebook lawyer Colin Stretch wrote “We hope this report will be useful to our users in the ongoing debate about the proper standards for government requests for user information in official investigations,” “And while we view this compilation as an important first report – it will not be our last.”

“In coming reports, we hope to be able to provide even more information about the requests we receive from law enforcement authorities,” Mr Stretch added.


This is the first time Facebook has released data relating to these kind of requests where the report covers the first six months of 2013, ending 30 June. The company said it expected to publish similar reports every six months from now on, and hoped the report highlighted the “stringent processes” concerned in the getting of user information.

The company did not provide a break-down of why the requests were made, as an alternative just dividing the data country by country, and how many requests were made,  how many users were involved in this. Many users could be cited in one request.

Government requests made to Facebook

Source: Facebook – full list

Country Total requests Users/accounts requested % of requests where some data was produced
United States 11,000 – 12,000 20,000 – 21,000 79%
India 3,245 4,144 50%
UK 1,975 2,337 68%
Germany 1,886 2,068 37%
Italy 1,705 2,306 53%

Facebook also gave a percentage of how often the requests were successful.

In the UK, Facebook complied with 68%, while US were successful 79% of the time.

In Turkey, 96 requests were made, about 173 users.

The Egyptian authorities didn’t make any requests according to the report.



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