Government requests for Facebook data continue to grow
Requests from governments for people’s Facebook account data were overall on the rise in the second half of 2014, though they declined in the U.S. and Germany.
The total number of requests rose slightly to 35,051, up from 34,946 in the first half, Facebook said in a post on its updated Global Government Requests Report released Monday.
The vast majority of requests relate to criminal cases including robberies and kidnappings, the social networking company said. In many of the cases, the government was seeking basic subscriber information such as name and registration date. In others, law enforcement also sought access to IP address logs or account content.