Facebook says India tops government requests for account data
Facebook has let the cat out of hat. Under the new dispensation, the snooping on individuals is going up. Social networking giant Facebook has said that India tops government requests as far as sharing of account data from it are concerned.
The company with more than a billion active users across the world said that it has seen a jump as far as government requests for account data is concerned. It said that in the second half of the year 2014 there was a perceptible surge in such requests from India. The company made the announcement in its Global Government Requests Report.
It must be kept in mind that BJP came to power at the center in May last year and the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi went on to assume the Prime Ministerâ€™s throne.
The social networking giant says that requests for account data went up to 35,051 in the second half of 2014 from 34,946 in the first half, with requests from countries such as India rising and those from others including United States and Germany falling, the report by the worldâ€™s largest Internet social network showed.
Meanwhile while talking about content restriction Mark Zuckerburg led tech giant said that it restricted 9,707 pieces of content for violating local laws, 11 percent more than in the first half, with access restricted to 5,832 pieces in India and 3,624 in Turkey. (govtrequests.facebook.com)
While talking about it Monika Bickert, Facebookâ€™s head of global policy management says, â€œWe will continue to scrutinize each government request and push back when we find deficiencies. We will also continue to push governments around the world to reform their surveillance practices in a way that maintains the safety and security of their people while ensuring their rights and freedoms are protectedâ€.
Beginning the year 2014 top tech companies including Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Google last year began publishing details about the number of government requests for data they receive.