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India Requests for Record Access to FB Users’ Data in First Six Months of 2020

New Delhi: The requests by the government of India to look for access to Facebook users’ data further increased in the first six months of the current year, second just to the US government, the social networking goliath has uncovered.

Altogether, India requested Facebook to present data in 35,560 cases in the January-June 2020 period – significantly up from 26,698 queries about users’ data in the second half of 2019.

Facebook presented data in 50 percent of the requests, as per its most recent biannual Transparency Report.

Facebook said in a statement late on Thursday, “We have strict guidelines in place to deal with all government data requests.”

From India, there were a total of 33,374 legal requests and 2,186 emergency requests.

There was additionally an increase in the Indian government’s request to preserve account data as well, pending the receipt of the formal lawful cycle.

India requested 4,100 accounts to be preserved in the January-June 2020 time period, from 2,500 account demands in prior reported periods.

Worldwide, during the first six months of the year 2020, the government requests for user data had grown by 23 per cent from 1,40,875 to 1,73,592.

Of the complete volume, the US continues to submit the highest number of requests, followed by India, Germany, France, and the UK, as per Facebook.

In the US, Facebook got 61,528 requests, an increase of 20 per cent compared with the second half of 2019.

The volume of content restrictions based on local law expanded globally 40 per cent from 15,826 to 22,120 throughout this reporting time period.

The increase was to some degree related to COVID-related restrictions.

The company stated that in the initial half of 2020, they identified 52 disruptions of Facebook services in nine countries, compared to 45 disruptions in six countries in the second half of 2019.

Throughout this reporting time period, Facebook took down 37,16,817 pieces of content on the basis of 6,59,444 copyright reports; 4,04,078 pieces of content on the basis of 1,66,310 trademark reports; and 13,08,834 pieces of content on the basis of 97,186 counterfeit reports.



source: with input from ians