Facebook has released its first-ever transparency report this week, which highlights the number of times that governments across the world seek out member information on Facebook’s more than a billion accounts. It is an undertaking that Google is well-known for maintaining since 2010, expanding its own along the way.
Known as the ‘Global Government Requests Report’, it covers the first six months of 2013 through to 30th June.
The United States easily leads the pack in terms of total requests. What is notable is that the US made between 11,000 and 12,000 of them involving between 20,000 and 21,000 Facebook users or accounts. That trumps the Indian government’s second-highest number of requests, around 3,200.