Update November 12, 2015

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Facebook rejects Bangladesh Govt’s request for user data

FR Fateh

Facebook rejects Bangladesh Government's request.

Facebook rejects Bangladesh Government’s request.

12 November 2015, Nirapad News: Social networking platform Facebook has rejected Bangladesh government’s requests seeking information about it’s users.

The authorities of Facebook has rejected Bangladesh government’s request to provide information of 29 users of the social networking site during January –June 2013, and January-June 2014 but restricted three pieces of content in July-December 2013 as reported under local laws prohibiting criticism of the state. The Bangladesh government served seven requests January-June this year seeking information about 17 users and a single request from January-June 2013 seeking information about 12 users. Facebook authorities, however, did not disclose any detail of the 29 users or the restricted contents.

In its report, Facebook said: “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.”

In this report Facebook provided the country-wise statistics of the governments’ requests and their responses.

Facebook Inc said requests by governments for user information rose by about a quarter in the first half of 2014 over the second half of last year. In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data. During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19 percent. ‘We are aggressively pursuing an appeal to a higher court to invalidate these sweeping warrants and to force the government to return the data it has seized,’ the company said in a company blog post on Tuesday.

According to Facebook, neighbouring country India made 5,115 requests seeking data on 6,268 users, in which case the company responded to 45.32% of the requests made by the Indian government.

The United States has made the highest number of requests. It made 17, 577 requests on 26,579 users, in which the country got respond to 79.85% of the requests.

“This report provides country-level information about content restrictions in places where our services are otherwise available. We have included instances in which we have removed content that governments have identified as illegal, as well as instances that may have been brought to our attention by non-government entities, such as NGOs, charities, and members of the Facebook community,” the globally top-ranked social media platform said.

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