1. Facebook releases Global Government Requests Report

Facebook releases Global Government Requests Report

US and India topped the list of countries which sought Facebook account details during July-December 2015. "We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague," Facebook said in a report today.

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US and India topped the list of countries which sought Facebook account details during July-December 2015. “We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague,” Facebook said in a report today.

* Facebook says continue to see an increase globally in government requests for user data and content restrictions pursuant to local law

* Says government requests for account data increased by 13%, from 41,214 requests to 46,763 for second half of 2015

* Number of items restricted for violating local law increased over the first half of 2015, to 55,827 items, up from 20,568

* Facebook inc says government requests for account data increased by 13 percent in second half of 2015, from 41,214 requests to 46,763

* Facebook says one of case studies explains that increase in restricted content in 2015 H2 almost entirely due to one photo related to Nov Paris attacks

* About 60% of requests we received for user data from U.S. Authorities contained non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying user

* Facebook says ” we support the email privacy act”

* Facebook says consistent with legal changes in U.S., updated reporting on national security requests to bands of 500 (instead of bands of 1000)

* Facebook says if a government request appears to be deficient or overly broad, “we push back hard and will fight in court, if necessary”

* In U.S., there were 19235 total requests for data, 30041 users/accounts requested in 2015 H2; in 81.41 percent of cases, some data was produced by co

* In India, there were 5,561 total requests for data, 7,018 users/accounts requested in 2015 H2; in 50.87% percent of cases, some data was produced by co

* Facebook says it restricted access to more than 32,000 copies of photo related to Nov 2015 paris attacks, in response to legal request from France

* In Russia, there were 4 total requests for data, 4 users/accounts requested in 2015 H2; no data was produced by co Source (http://bit.ly/23a3ptS) Further company coverage:”

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