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Facebook Government Data Request Report Results

Posted by on 24 Sep 2013

Social media is now, more than ever, an integral part of communicating on a daily basis. However, just like other forms of communication, what is said on social media, even in private conversations, is not free from legal jurisdiction. Like phone records, emails and text messages, orders can be made to provide information on Facebook accounts to the Courts. 

The governments of many countries make requests to Facebook to access account information of certain users that relate to criminal cases.  Facebook has decided to launch a report on information they have been required to provide so that all users are aware.

The report recently released by Facebook details the following information:

  1. the countries that requested information from Facebook about its users
  2. the number of requests received from each of those countries
  3. the number of users/user accounts specified in those requests
  4. the percentage of these requests in which Facebook was required by law to disclose at least some data.

This report is set out below.

Data Requests

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Country

 

 

 

 

Total Requests

 

 

 

 

Users / Accounts requested

 

 

 

 

Percentage of requests where some data produced

 

 

Albania 6 12

 

 

83 %

 

 

Argentina 152 218

 

 

27 %

 

 

Australia 546 601

 

 

64 %

 

 

Austria 35 41

 

 

17 %

 

 

Bangladesh 1 12

 

 

0 %

 

 

Barbados 3 3

 

 

0 %

 

 

Belgium 150 169

 

 

70 %

 

 

Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 11

 

 

25 %

 

 

Botswana 3 7

 

 

0 %

 

 

Brazil 715 857

 

 

33 %

 

 

Bulgaria 1 1

 

 

0 %

 

 

Cambodia 1 1

 

 

0 %

 

 

Canada 192 219

 

 

44 %

 

 

Chile 215 340

 

 

68 %

 

 

Colombia 27 41

 

 

15 %

 

 

Costa Rica 4 6

 

 

0 %

 

 

Croatia 2 2

 

 

0 %

 

 

Cyprus 3 4

 

 

33 %

 

 

CzechRepublic 10 13

 

 

60 %

 

 

Denmark 11 11

 

 

55 %

 

 

Ecuador 2 3

 

 

0 %

 

 

Egypt 8 11

 

 

0 %

 

 

El Salvador 2 2

 

 

0 %

 

 

Finland 12 15

 

 

75 %

 

 

France 1,547 1,598

 

 

39 %

 

 

Germany 1,886 2,068

 

 

37 %

 

 

Greece 122 141

 

 

54 %

 

 

Hong Kong 1 1

 

 

100 %

 

 

Hungary 25 24

 

 

36 %

 

 

Iceland 1 1

 

 

100 %

 

 

India 3,245 4,144

 

 

50 %

 

 

Ireland 34 40

 

 

71 %

 

 

Israel 113 132

 

 

50 %

 

 

Italy 1,705 2,306

 

 

53 %

 

 

Ivory Coast 4 4

 

 

0 %

 

 

Japan 1 1

 

 

0 %

 

 

Kosovo 2 11

 

 

0 %

 

 

Lithuania 6 7

 

 

17 %

 

 

Macedonia 9 11

 

 

33 %

 

 

Malaysia 7 197

 

 

0 %

 

 

Malta 89 97

 

 

60 %

 

 

Mexico 78 127

 

 

37 %

 

 

Mongolia 2 2

 

 

0 %

 

 

Montenegro 2 2

 

 

0 %

 

 

Nepal 3 3

 

 

33 %

 

 

Netherlands 11 15

 

 

36 %

 

 

New Zealand 106 119

 

 

58 %

 

 

Norway 16 16

 

 

31 %

 

 

Pakistan 35 47

 

 

77 %

 

 

Panama 2 2

 

 

0 %

 

 

Peru 13 14

 

 

15 %

 

 

Philippines 4 4

 

 

25 %

 

 

Poland 233 158

 

 

9 %

 

 

Portugal 177 213

 

 

42 %

 

 

Qatar 3 3

 

 

0 %

 

 

Romania 16 36

 

 

63 %

 

 

Russia 1 1

 

 

0 %

 

 

Serbia 1 1

 

 

0 %

 

 

Singapore 107 117

 

 

70 %

 

 

Slovenia 6 8

 

 

50 %

 

 

South Africa 14 9

 

 

0 %

 

 

South Korea 7 15

 

 

14 %

 

 

Spain 479 715

 

 

51 %

 

 

Sweden 54 66

 

 

54 %

 

 

Switzerland 32 36

 

 

13 %

 

 

Taiwan 229 329

 

 

84 %

 

 

Thailand 2 5

 

 

0 %

 

 

Turkey 96 170

 

 

47 %

 

 

Uganda 1 1

 

 

0 %

 

 

United Kingdom 1,975 2,337

 

 

68 %

 

 

United States 11,000 - 12,000 20,000 - 21,000

 

 

79 %

 

 

This is another reminder that what you write and post on social media is not private. It is particularly important to remember this if you are involved in court proceedings. You should be very careful about how you are using social media, so as not to jeopardise the case. If you need advice please contact our experienced lawyers at Coleman Greig on (02) 9895 9200.