Facebook: 74 Countries Demanded Info on Users
US behind more than half 38K requests this year
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2013 2:15 AM CDT
Facebook says governments need to meet a "very high legal bar" for data requests to get a thumbs-up.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – American police and intelligence agencies are by far the most eager to get their hands on the data of Facebook users, the company has revealed in its first detailed report on such requests. Facebook says that in the first half of this year, it received requests for information on around 38,000 users from 74 countries, with the US responsible for requests on between 20,000 and 21,000 users, Reuters reports. The company says it complied at least partially with around 80% of the requests.

"We fight many of these requests, pushing back when we find legal deficiencies and narrowing the scope of overly broad or vague requests," a Facebook spokesman says. The company granted 45 requests from Turkish agencies but it denies any of them were related to protest organizers, the AP reports. In other Facebook news, a lawsuit has been settled with an agreement to pay 614,000 Facebook users $15 each for using their information for advertising in its "Sponsored Stories" campaign, reports the Christian Science Monitor. The campaign used the images of around 150 million users but only those who entered a claim before May this year will get the payout.

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HMD-SMD-ITY
Sep 2, 2013 3:06 PM CDT
If Zacharius Moussaoui had a Facebook account, he would have posted, "I am with a group who plans to hijack three heavy airliners and fly them into locations in D.C. and N.Y.C." Well, that's the email he sent then president jeffy clinton. Clinton later said at the deposition, "It blended in well with the other hundreds of similar warnings I got while I was in office, it just did not present a real threat at the time." But match that to the warning from Clarence Prevost, and it does add up. Clarence told the FBI that men were training for a hijack mission. He said there was no legitimate reason men would be training in a 747 simulator and none of them even had private pilots license. Then when Moussaoui paid his bill with $100 bills, he called the FBI and reported his findings. That did prompt the FBI to pick up Zack Moose on immigration charges because the student visa Clinton had given Moose had expired. So then the NSA, oooh the bad people, wanted to insert listening devices into a motel used by Muhammad Atta for the dry run trainings. But Clinton said, "These people could be friends of the Saudi government because most are citizens there. I cant allow warrants because it could hurt Saudi relations." So Bin Laden got his wishes, to rain down terror from the skies in revenge for Clinton's use of cruise missiles on an Al Queda compound. All of it made totally and completely possible by the civil liberty protections in existence at the time of Jeffy's presidency.
YouAreSOSmart
Aug 31, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
I wonder how many of these requests turned out to be cops trolling each other?
wei2szu
Aug 28, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
"We fight many of these requests, pushing back when we find legal deficiencies and narrowing the scope of overly broad or vague requests," BS, FB is run by a bunch of backstabbing anti-American sh*theads. They turned this information over without even translating the documents. Those were probably the commands and sentiment from their tax evading CEO's and upper echelon. Good job investors, sit around and take right in the butt.