The demand for chat logs, location data, profile, friends list, and much such information on Facebook and WhatsApp by government agencies, has been on the increase. Facebook is duty bound to provide such information to the authorized cyber agencies and LEA of the governments. Facebook also releases the ‘Transparency Report’ periodically, to inform the consumers the data asked-for and provided. Facebook’s latest transparency report, mentions that it had received 59,229 government requests for user data worldwide; in the next period, that number rose by 9 percent to 64,279. The interface, established by Facebook Inc for the facilitation of the data is said to be formal and such information sort by government agencies is well analysed prior to handing over of information to the agencies. This is explicit form the fact that ‘Facebook has provided only 83 percent of the total requests placed on them’.
“As we have previously emphasized, we apply a rigorous approach to every government request we receive to protect the information of the people who use our services,” Chris Sonderby, Facebook’s deputy general counsel wrote in a blog post.
“We scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency, no matter which country is making the request, and challenge those that are deficient or overly broad. We do not provide governments with ‘back doors’ or direct access to people’s information”.
The latest report published on India is from “July 2016 to December 2016”. Cyber Secure India users can click on the link below to view the recent report. Facebook is also conscious of the aspect of Individual Privacy, while also heeding to the needs of Security and Cyber Crime, when such requests for information is required to be provided to authorised agencies.
Click here for the ‘Facebook Transparency Report 2016 H-2”