Facebook has released its first transparency report and while US stands at #1, India takes the #2 position for sending the most number of data requests to the social network.
The report that takes a look at country specific information requests to Facebook says that the United States made between 11,000-12,000 data requests to the company for the first 6 months of 2013. In 3245 requests, India asked for information on 4144 users or accounts.
Facebook has also revealed the number of times the requests produced “some data.”
Facebook shared 79% of requested data with U.S. government , while only 50% with Indian government.
As we have made clear in recent weeks, we have stringent processes in place to handle all government data requests. We believe this process protects the data of the people who use our service, and requires governments to meet a very high legal bar with each individual request in order to receive any information about any of our users.
We scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency under our terms and the strict letter of the law, and require a detailed description of the legal and factual bases for each request. We fight many of these requests, pushing back when we find legal deficiencies and narrowing the scope of overly broad or vague requests. When we are required to comply with a particular request, we frequently share only basic user information, such as name. [source]
Even when it comes to Google’s transparency request, Indian government‘s requests increased by 90%.