Taiwanese government asked for Facebook user information: firm
CNATAIPEI--Taiwan's government sought information on 329 Facebook users in the first six months of the year, the world's largest social network said Tuesday in its first report on data inquiries from countries worldwide.
August 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
Facebook, which has more than 1 billion users around the world, disclosed the figures in its “Global Government Requests Report.”
Taiwan was not ranked among the top 10 countries in Facebook requests. The United States stood atop on the list with requests on about 20,000 to 21,000 accounts from January to June.
Other countries that have a large Facebook user base such as India, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and France, also requested data on thousands of Facebook users, according to the report.
Facebook said that most of the requests for information were to help with official investigations, primarily related to criminal cases such as robberies and kidnappings.
The governments generally seek basic subscriber information, such as name and length of service, but in some cases also ask for IP (Internet Protocol) address logs or actual account content, the report said.
Facebook noted that it has “strict guidelines in place” to deal with all government data requests and plans to release such reports regularly in the future.
“We hope this report will be useful to our users in the ongoing debate about the proper standards for government requests for user information in official investigations,” Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch said in the report.
“We strongly encourage all governments to provide greater transparency about their efforts aimed at keeping the public safe, and we will continue to be aggressive advocates for greater disclosure,” Stretch said.