Facebook provides 31 BD users' info as per govt request

Facebook provides 31 BD users’ info as per govt request


Popular social networking site, Facebook, has for the first time responded to requests of Bangladesh government providing users’ information.The Facebook authorities provided some data related to 16.67 percent of requests made by the government between July and December 2015, according to its latest Global Government Request Report released by the site on Thursday.

As per the report, the Bangladesh government made 12 requests seeking information over 31 Facebook users in the second half of 2015.

“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,” the report said.

The site also restricted four contents following requests made by the Bangladesh government. “We restricted access to pieces of content alleged to have violated local law regarding blasphemy, pursuant to a request from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission,” the report stated.

Earlier the Bangladesh government made 16 requests seeking information of 37 users from January 2013 to June 2015, but the Facebook authorities did not respond to any of the requests.

Meanwhile, the Facebook authorities provided information to 68 countries responding to their requests from July to December 2015, while ignored requests from 23 other countries.

Of the 68 countries, Nigeria got information on the highest 100 percent of its requests, while Croatia got the second highest 90.91 percent.

Besides, seven other countries that received data on more than 80 percent of requests are Albania, Serbia, Sweden, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Out of 91 countries, 46 ones got information over 50 percent of requests placed to the Facebook authorities.


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