Pakistan’s Requests for Facebook Data Increases Rapidly

The data requests in the first half of 2017 are more than the last year

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Facebook Transparency Report has been released which highlights the request of various governments for granting access to the user data and the percentage of times the data was produced by the social media giant.

Globally the government requests increased by 21 percent

These requests are usually made by the law enforcement agencies and the telecom authorities of any country which probably involves data access of specific users, restriction or removal of any social media account.

According to the report, Pakistani government made 1050 total requests and 1540 user accounts were also requested where only 63 percent requests resulted in the production of data in the first half of 2017.

These figures were higher than the ones seen in the last half of 2016 where we saw 1002 total requests and 1431 user accounts requests where 67.56 percent of requests produced some data.

Facebook also restricted 177 pieces of content on the basis of legal requests from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that allegedly violate the local blasphemy law and criticised the country.

There were also 399 preservation requests and 613 accounts were requested in connection with an official criminal investigation for 90 days pending receipt of former legal process.

As for India, total 9853 requests were made and 13,752 accounts were requested where only 54 percent of requests produced some data, relays Facebook Transparency Report.Facebook Transparency Report

Around 1228 pieces of content were restricted in response to legal requests from law enforcement agencies and the government as they violated local laws relating to defamation of religion and hate speech.

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