Facebook Releases Basic Details of Government Data Requests

Between 9,000 and 10,000 requests over a six-month period


Over the last week, in press statements as well as Mark's post last Friday, we've repeatedly called for governments worldwide to be willing to provide more details about programs aimed at keeping the public safe. We've also urged them to allow companies to divulge appropriate information about government orders and requests that we receive, in a manner that does not compromise legitimate security concerns.

Requests from law enforcement entities investigating national security-related cases are by their nature classified and highly sensitive, and the law traditionally has placed significant constraints on the ability of companies like Facebook to even confirm or acknowledge receipt of these requests – let alone provide details of our responses.

We've reiterated in recent days that we scrutinize every government data request that we receive – whether from state, local, federal, or foreign governments. We've also made clear that we aggressively protect our users' data when confronted with such requests: we frequently reject such requests outright, or require the government to substantially scale down its requests, or simply give the government much less data than it has requested. And we respond only as required by law.

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  1. “For the six months ending December 31, 2012, the total number of user-data requests Facebook received from any and all government entities in the U.S. (including local, state, and federal, and including criminal and national security-related requests) ? was between 9,000 and 10,000.”

    Somehow, I have doubts about this. Wonder why?

  2. Just wait til they pass a law that mandates people to use facebook, just like having health insurance.

  3. So what happened to the flat out denials when the news first broke?

    Also, the law regarding NSLs only prevents you from informing your targets or releasing any information contained in those requests but does not prevent you from acknowledging that you have in general received requests. In fact a few months ago Google included NSL metadata in their regular reports about government requests and takedown requests.

  4. my buddy’s ex-wife makes $85 every hour on the computer. She has been out of a job for 9 months but last month her check was $14805 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more on this site

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