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German gov’t made 2,000 data requests

by FFE EU News staff

Facebook released a report showing governments which have requested for private user data on Tuesday. Germany appeared as the fourth most active country asking for data with around 2,000 requests.

Germany comes behind the United States, India and Britain behind number of requests made. However, Germany’s success rate is only 37 percent compared to America’s 79 percent.

The revelation comes despite the support German press, politicians and public have showed for data privacy in the wake of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance scandal exposed by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Facebook has over 1 billion users worldwide

Facebook’s Global Government Requests Report shows that the social networking site does indeed pass over information to authorities and is part of the American PRISM project. The report lists 74 governments that had attempted to get information on 38,000 users.

According to the report, Germany made 1,886 requests for information on 2,068 accounts and users. The report also showed that America made the most requests for 20,000 to 21,000 users. Britain meanwhile sought data for 2,337 users.

Facebook did not say what type of information the governments wanted, but said that most requests came from “law enforcement” authorities. In a statement, they explained that the report was published “to make sure that the people who use our service understand the nature and extent of the requests we receive and the strict policies and processes we have in place to handle them.

“We hope this report will be useful to our users in the ongoing debate about the proper standards for government requests for user information in official investigations.”

The company said they will publish similar reports every six months and hopes to reveal more information regarding the requests.



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