Facebook on Tuesday said that the United States placed maximum requests for user data during the last six months of 2019 followed by India, the United Kingdom, Germany, and France. The company said that government requests for user data increased 9.5% from 128,617 requests in the first half of 2019 to 140,875 requests in the last six months of 2019. Facebook said that it received 51,121 requests for user data from the US government which represents a 1% increase from the first half of 2019. Further, the company said that 67% of the US requests involved a non-disclosure order which would prevent Facebook from notifying the user.
According to the Facebook Transparency report, India placed 26,698 requests with Facebook in the second half of 2019 which includes 1754 emergency requests. The company said that it responds to the government’s request for data “in accordance with applicable law and our terms of service.”
However, Facebook says that each government request “is carefully reviewing for legal sufficiency.” Of the 26,698 requests from the Indian government, Facebook says that 24,944 involves a legal process with the company producing “some data” in 57% of the total cases. Facebook hasn’t specify the exact data that the company submitted to the Indian government. Further, the company highlighted that the Indian government requests for user data involved 39,664 users and accounts.
In comparison, Facebook said that the Indian government placed 22,684 requests in the first half of 2019 including 1615 emergency requests. The company said that 21,069 requests involved legal process with Facebook producing “some data” in 54% of the total cases. The Indian government request for user data in the first half of 2019 involved 33,324 users and accounts.
Additionally, the company highlights that the number of internet disruptions in India was at 40 with the total duration of disruptions at 36 weeks, six days, and nine hours. Further, the majority of the internet disruptions in India that Facebook recorded were in North and North East India.