Twitter: Indian Govt Info Requests Grew By 175% During Jan-Jun 2015

Twitter said global government information requests grew by 52% during H1 2015. The Indian government made 113 information requests, up from 41 requests during Jul-Dec 2014. The number of accounts affected in the info requests was up to 2,963, while the percentage of instances where Twitter actually provided the Indian gov with data was down to 19%.

Twitter’s latest bi-annual transparency report shows that the number of information requests the world’s governments made increased by 52% during Jan-Jun 2015.

The trend was prevalent in India too where the government made 113 information requests during the Jan-Jun 2015 period, nearly three times the number made during the second half of 2014.

The number of accounts affecting the information requests by the Indian government too went by from 1,938 in the second half of 2014 to 2,963 in the first half of 2015.

India Information Requests


However, the percentage of instances where Twitter actually produced data to the Indian government dropped to 19% from 22% in the previous half.

Of the 113 requests made by Indian authorities, just 2 were made by court orders while 31 were made by government agencies such as the Police. These requests affected just 65 accounts.

India stood 6th in the list of highest information requests made by a country, a list which was led by the US (2,436), Japan (425), Turkey (412), UK (299) and France (139).

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