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Bangladesh govt sought details of 17 Facebook users
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-11-05,  Publish Time : 18:41,  View Count : 19
The Bangladesh government made seven requests to Facebook authorities seeking data of 17 accounts from January to June this year.

Besides, the government requested to provide information of 29 Facebook users between January and June last year.

After receiving requests, the internationally renowned social media restricted three pieces of content between July and December 2013 prohibiting criticism of the state.

However, the globally renowned social networking site did not disclose any detail of the users or the restricted contents refusing the government's requests.

The Facebook authorities have recently mentioned it in the statistics they themselves have revealed in a latest report.

In the report, titled "Third Global Government Requests Report," Facebook says: 'We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague.'

Facebook provided the contrywise statistics of the governments' requests and their responds in its report.

Facebook Inc said requests by governments for users' information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year.

According to Facebook, India made 4,559 requests seeking data on 5,958 users, in which case the company responded to 50.87 per cent of the requests made by the Indian government.

It also said, "We restricted access in India to a number of pieces of content reported primarily by law enforcement officials and the India Computer Emergency Response Team under local laws prohibiting criticism of a religion or the state."

Upon requests, 4,960 pieces of content were restricted, the report reveals.

The United States made 15,433 law enforcement requests for data of 23,667 users/accounts, 80.15 per cent of which were duly responded.

Facebook responded to 71.68 per cent of 2,110 requests of the UK for 2,619 accounts.

Facebook Inc said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year, Reuters also reported.

In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data. During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19 per cent.

"We're aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher court to invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has seized," the company said in a company blog post on Tuesday.

Google Inc reported in September a 15 per cent sequential increase in the number of requests in the first half of this year, and a 150 per cent rise in the last five years, from governments around the world to reveal user information in criminal investigations.


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