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Government demands for your Facebook data are on the rise

Government demands for your Facebook data are on the rise
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It's not a huge surprise that the government wants to get its hands on your online data - we already know that it forced major companies like Google, Apple, Yahoo and Facebook to help the NSA with spying efforts a few years ago. But, even with the public backlash over spying, governments are asking for Facebook data more than ever. In the past year alone, demands for Facebook user data by governments around the world has risen 24%.

Facebook received data requests that affected nearly 50,000 accounts from governments in the first half of the year. Most of those requests came from the U.S.

Facebook says a total of 34,946 user data requests covering 49,479 accounts were made - an increase of 24% - with the US again leading the way with 15,433 inquiries. India made 4,559 requests, and Germany, France, the UK, Italy and Brazil all made over 1,000 requests for information on users.

So, the government is trying to gather a lot of data on users. And, we all know that Facebook itself is gathering data on users, too.  At this point, who isn't collecting our Facebook information?

Next page: How Facebook responds to requests for your data
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