Interactive map: Governments want your Facebook info

2013-08-30 17:37

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The South African government has asked Facebook to disclose user information 14 times in the first six months of this year. None of these requests were granted.

This according to statistics released by the social network this week of requests made until June 30 by governments who are after user account information as part of “official investigations”.

These include criminal and national security matters, Facebook says.

The highest number of requests (between 11 000 and 12 000) came from the US government. In 79% of these cases at least some information was provided – as it was “required by law”.

If the size of each country’s Facebook user population is taken into account, the governments of nine countries proportionally made the largest number of requests. These are the US, UK, Italy, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, India, France – and the winner, Malta.

Mother Jones attributes this to Malta’s “status as a tax haven for Russian oligarchs”.

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 was granted.

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