SA state requested Facebook, Google user info

2013-09-04 10:05

The South African government had over the past year submitted 14 requests to Facebook and three to Google to get information about certain users.

Facebook did not grant any of the requests, and Google granted one request, after receiving a court order in a case involving defamation, Beeld reported today.

Following Google’s example, Facebook has just published its first half-year report on government requests.

According to the report, 71 countries around the world submitted about 25 600 requests during the first half of the year to Facebook to obtain IP addresses, profile information and names.

Locally, the Facebook requests were made by various law-enforcement agencies such as the police, the Hawks and the department of state security, said the department’s spokesperson, Brian Dube.

“Our department made two requests to Facebook centred (on) cyber security.”

According to Facebook and Google, the merits of each request are thoroughly considered before the information is released.

Explore the data for yourself:

Click here to view the map.

Click on a country to see how many requests governments made to Facebook, how many were granted as well as what percentage of Facebook users in a particular country were the subject of these requests.

How to read the map:

The darker the country, the greater the proportion of government requests to Facebook that were granted. The percentage of successful requests is indicated on each country, for example 0% of requests in South Africa were granted.

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