U.S. Leads The Way In Requests For Facebook User Data
The U.S. leads the world—by far—in requests for Facebook user data, the social network reported in its first Government Requests Report, which covers the first six months of 2013. In the U.S., Facebook fielded between 11,000 and 12,000 requests for data on 20,000 to 21,000 users—almost as many requests as it received in the rest of the world combined (14,607 total non-U.S. requests). Facebook complied with 79% of the data requests it received in the U.S.
The report detailed the number of law-enforcement and national-security requests for user-account data Facebook has received in specific countries, as well the percentage of such requests in which it disclosed at least some data. It does not distinguish between the number of law-enforcement and national-security requests Facebook received.