Governments' Requests for Users' Data on Facebook Increased by 24% in First Half of 2014

#Privacy

Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

Facebook reports that in the first six months of 2014, governments from around the world have made 34,946 data requests, an increase of 24% from the year prior. Facebook claims that, whenever possible, they "push back" against these requests when "we find deficiencies or are served with overly broad requests." Still, there may be a reason why Facebook is being called the greatest spying machine.

[...] over the past year, we’ve challenged bulk search warrants issued by a court in New York that demanded we turn over nearly all data from the accounts of nearly 400 people. This unprecedented request was by far the largest we’ve ever received. We’ve argued that these overly broad warrants violate the privacy rights of the people on Facebook and ignore constitutional safeguards against unreasonable searches and seizures. Despite a setback in the lower court, 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. We’re grateful for the support of others in industry and civil society who’ve filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of our fight. We expect the case to be decided by a New York appellate court later this year, and we look forward to updating you on the results of this important case.

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