In the first six months of this year, the Indian Government was second to the US to demand that Facebook access to user data–a rise of almost 37% from the second half (July-December) of last year.
According to Facebook’s Transparency Report, the Indian Government sent 22,684 users requests over the aforementioned period, and the social networking giant provided data in 54 percent of the query.
The US government has sent a total of 50,741 user data requests over the same period to Facebook.
Globally, government user data requests rose by 16 percent from 110,634 to 128,617 in the first half of 2019.
“The United States continues to send the most applications for the total volume, led by India, Great Britain, Germany and France,” said Chris Sonderby, VP & Deputy General Counsel, in his Thursday address.
In the US, 50,741 applications were submitted from Facebook, reflecting a rise of 23 million over the last year, which is consistent with trends over time.
“We also track all government requests for account data that we obtain to ensure that this is legally valid. This is true regardless of which government requests.
“If the request appears to be insufficient or excessively wide, we reverse it and if necessary fight in court. We don’t give governments back doors to information for people, “Sonderby said.
The number of content restrictions based on local legislation decreased globally from 35,972 to 17,807 by 50% over the reporting period.
“This decrease follows an unusual last half spike in which, on the basis of a high court order, we restricted 16 600 items in India. Of the total volume, 58 percent came from Pakistan and Mexico, “Facebook said.
The report also reported 67 Facebook services failures in 15 countries, compared to 53 in the second half of 2018 in nine countries.
“We lost 3,234,393 copyright-related content pieces during this reporting period, 255,222 proprietary content pieces on the basis of 96,501 trademark reports and 821,727 content pieces on the basis of 101,582 counterfeit reports,” Facebook told.