A Facebook report revealed that the Indian government made 22,684 user data requests in the first half of 2019, the second-highest number of requests by any nation. India followed by the UK, Germany, and France, was only behind the US, which made 50,741 requests.
Facebook said that the total number of such requests increased by 16% from 110,634 to 128,617. Facebook produced data to around 54% of these requests. The information revealed by Facebook’s Transparency Report.
Moreover, India was only lagging behind the US which asked the social media company for 50,714 user data requests of 82,461 users/accounts.
Facebook, however, said that out of these 22,684 data requests, the social media company only produced data to 54% cases. The company also claimed that it responds to government requests for data in accordance with applicable law and its terms of service. “We may reject or require greater specificity on requests that appear overly broad or vague,” the company added.
It is to be noted here that the new list of requests from the Indian government increased by 37% compared to what it sought from Facebook during the same time frame, last year.