The Indian Government’s Thirst For Facebook User Data Is Growing

The future of India might be a connected one, but isn’t exactly shaping up to be a free one.

With the government’s plans to turn India into a digital superpower, the threat of cyber-policing is also on the rise.
According to Facebook’s bi-annual Government Request Report, India registered the second highest number of information requests from the social network during the second half of 2014.
Facebook reports that the Indian authorities made 5,473 requests between July and December 2014. That number was only lower than the US, which made 14,274 requests during the same period.
The company says that it handed over data to the Indian authorities only in 44.69% of the cases, but did restrict 5,832 pieces of content. That content was mainly anti-religious in nature or hate speech that could cause unrest and disharmony.
Further, it is notable that the number of data requests made by the US and UK governments declined slightly during the second half of 2014, whereas data requests made by India grew from 4,559 in the first half of 2014 to 5,473 requests in the second half.
The trend of cyber-policing is definitely on the rise in India, with even Twitter reporting that the number of data requests made by authorities doubled in the second half of 2014.

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