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Canada: Facebook Releases Government Data Request Stats
Source: montrealgazette.com
Source Date: Monday, April 14, 2014
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Canada
Created: Apr 15, 2014

Facebook has revealed its second report revealing all of the crime-related information requests the social network receives from various governments around the world.

In this latest report 174 requests were made for 217 user accounts with a 50 per cent success rate. Back in 2012, the Canadian government received 192 information requests related to 219 Facebook accounts. By law, Facebook was ordered to hand over information for 44 per cent of those requests.

While the report doesn’t go into deep specifics, it’s nice to see a website, especially one that has suffered from security in the past, show a level of transparency. Looking at Canada in comparison to other developed countries, the numbers are relatively low. Although it’s important to point out that this list only consists of requests related to criminal offenses and not requests related to intelligence.

In comparison the United States has 12,598 requests for 18,715 users with a 81.02 per cent approval rate. (The U.S. has a population that is about 10 times the size of Canada’s, though.)

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