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Facebook Reporting Steep Rise in Data Requests From Indian Government

Facebook Reporting Steep Rise in Data Requests From Indian Government

Facebook says that the Indian government’s requests for acquisition of consumer-based documents have incredibly increased in the past 6 months compared to last year. A report issued by AFP News Agency, that the Indian government has given 16 thousand 580 applications to achieve consumer information during January to June 2018, which was carried throughout the year in 2016. There are even more requests.

According to the report, the Indian Government has sent 22,024 applications in last year 2017, and in 2016 overall 13,613 applications were sent. Facebook says that 53 percent of the documents were provided to the Indian government, but it did not make out what kind of information it was. According to the Indian Express report, government requests are generally related to law enforcement documents.


It is believed that apart from interference in elections in the US, Myanmar, India and Pakistan, other than the challenge of preventing crime, spreading hatred and spreading false news are challenge for Facebook. Facebook said that government requests are answered according to the terms of relevant laws and services.

The social networking website said in our statement that we receive the requests, each is legally reviewed and those who are inconvenience or need more information, we reject or require further explanations regarding the application. Facebook said that they approve government requests because governments need safe account information for the usual legal process under investigation.

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