The social media giant Facebook has issued a statement in a recent blog post. The company said that the Government requests have raised by 27 percent in the first half of 2016. The data was in comparison to the requests issued by governments around the world in the second half of 2015. The US government stood on the first position in asking for user details or restricting data. This is the first time Facebook has issued a combined global report.
Privacy is the main concern for Facebook
In the blog post, FB made it clear that it does not provide “back door” entry or direct access to the data. The rule applies to all government around the world. Facebook realizes how important it is to have some privacy. The company stands with its users against any illegal surveillance. The company responds to two types of requests. In the first type of requests, the company provides the location and other details of the user. The government has to provide proper court order in a criminal case. In the second type of request, Facebook restricts the data or saves the information of the user. The company does it for a limited period of time.
Facebook also mentioned in the blog post that it had spread its emergency services outside the US. In emergency situations, the law enforcement agencies provide documents and put up a case in front of Facebook. Based on the information Facebook determines how it may prevent harm. In the first six months of 2016, FB received 3016 emergency requests for 4192 accounts.
The stats from India
In the case of India, Facebook received 6324 requests for 8290 accounts. Out of these requests, information for 53.59% requests was provided by the company. In these requests, 6282 were related to legal processes in which information was provided in 53.49% cases. Remaining 42 requests were made as emergency requests in which 69.05% requests were answered with the information about the user or the account.
Facebook received 609 requests from India for the preservation of the 850 accounts. Also, 2034 requests were made by the Indian government in this period to block specific content on the website. The Supreme Court of India had amended the Information Technology Act of 2000 in 2016 which removed the compulsion to restrict content until there is a court order for the same.
Major social media companies are working together
In the last few years, most of the major social networking websites have come together to fight against social evils. Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Microsoft are working together on the common database to remove illegal content and messages from the websites. These companies are also helping law enforcement agencies to crack down cases around the world. While helping the government, they also keep in mind that privacy is very important. They do not provide any information until their legal team feels it is important in legal terms.
Facebook also mentioned in the blog post that some of the requests also had the non-disclosure clause attached via court order. This means that Facebook cannot intimate the user about the request made by the government for his or her account.