Government Requests For Facebook User Data Up 27 Percent

The latest transparency report from Facebook, released on Wednesday, reveals a considerable uptick in requests from governments around the world during the first half of 2016.

According to figures from Facebook, government requests for user data from the social network jumped from 46,710 in the first half of 2015 to 59,229 in the first half of 2016, representing a 27 percent increase.

The full report reveals 23,854 of those requests—about 40 percent— came from United States law enforcement entities. Facebook produced data in more than 80 percent of those cases but according to the company, 56 percent of requests from U.S. law enforcement contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited the social network from notifying the user.

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