Dec 19, 2017

Facebook reveals rise in official data requests

Police forces filed 21% more requests for data from Facebook in the first half of 2017 than they did in the last six months of 2016. Not all of the requests had resulted in data being handed over, he said. Figures provided by Facebook suggest it handed over data in 85% of requests from US law enforcement and 90% in the UK. Many of the requests were from police forces investigating crimes or responding to emergencies. Mr Sonderby said Facebook tried to ensure it handed over as little data as possible. Facebook had seen a big increase in the number of requests to stop people seeing content that broke local laws, said Mr Sonderby.

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