Data requests from India escalate in 1st half of 2017:Facebook

Data requests from India escalate in 1st half of 2017:Facebook

Facebook, which released the Government Requests Report for the first half of 2017, on Tuesday registered 21% spike from India compared with the same period last year.

According to Facebook sources, India where Facebook has the largest registered users requested for data 9,853 times in the first half of 2017 compared with 6,324 times in the the previous year same period.    

India become the second nation with 12% of data request and the U.S with 41% became first in the list. Other top nations in the list include UK (9%), Germany (7%) and France (6),  

The Government Request Report, now known as Transparency Report, updates on government requests for account data, content restrictions, and internet disruptions.

"This time data regarding reports from rights holders related to intellectual property (IP) - covering copyright, trademark, and counterfeit,"  states the blog post written by Facebook Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby.

The social media company also said Facebook  Facebook restricted access to 1,228 pieces of content after requests from law enforcement agencies and the India Computer Emergency Response Team within the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

Even though Facebook has 241 million active users in India compared with 240 million in the US, the company received 57%  of the data requests we received from law enforcement in the US contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user.  

Facebook said overall the number of content restrictions for violating local law increased by 304% globally, compared to the second half of 2016, from 6,944 to 28,036.

While the Indian government and law enforcement agencies requested for some information on 13,752 user accounts, Facebook produced "some data" in 54% of the cases in the January-June 2017 period.

In the case of 262 Facebook accounts flagged in the "Emergency" category from user/account requests, the company produced "some data" in 36% of the cases.  Facebook was disrupted 21 times in the first half for the Indian users.

"We are aware of disruptions affecting access to Facebook products and services in India that took place during all six months of this reporting period. These disruptions were contained to specific regions," the company said.


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