Putrajaya ramps up request for Facebook users’ data in first half 2016

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Facebook’s latest Global Government Requests Report said Putrajaya has requested data for 35 users and accounts.

Facebook — AFP pic

Facebook — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 — The Malaysian government has asked Facebook 19 times for data on its users in the first half of this year compared to just 13 requests in the previous half, a report has revealed.

The social media giant’s latest Global Government Requests Report said Putrajaya has requested data for 35 users and accounts, almost double from just 18 in the previous half.

Out of the 19 requests, 18 were for legal process. There was a single request on emergency matters.

Facebook said it has complied by giving Putrajaya 68.42 per cent of the data requested in that period.

Facebook’s Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby said the number of requests from governments worldwide has increased this year which was reflected in the twice annual report.

“Government requests for account data increased by 27 per cent globally compared to the last half of 2015, increasing from 46,710 to 59,229 requests,” he said in a press release. Read more