Facebook User Data Requests: Here’s How Many Inquiries Into Facebook Personal Data Global Governments Made And How Often Facebook Tattled [Interactive Map]

on August 30 2013 9:06 PM
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Scroll down for an interactive map of the total number of accounts for which data was requested by different governments as well as the percentage of requests for which Facebook released some data. IBTimes/Lisa Mahapatra

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) received requests for data from 38,000 accounts in 74 countries during the first six months of 2013, according to the company’s report on government data requests, released Tuesday.

The report lists every nation that has requested information from Facebook and provides the exact number of inquiries received and how many accounts were specified. Facebook also reveals the percentage of requests that Facebook responded to with data.

The majority of the inquiries were related to criminal activity, according to Facebook’s report, but some pertained to national security issues.

More than half of the queries came from the U.S. government. And of the 11,000 to 12,000 requests by the U.S. government, involving 20,000 to 21,000 people who are active on Facebook, the social media company released at least partial data for 79 percent.

India was No. 2 in asking for data, with 3,245 requests involving 4,144 users. Facebook released data for only 50 percent of those inquiries.

Here’s an interactive map that charts the total number of accounts for which data was requested as well as the percentage of requests for which Facebook released some data.

The size of the blue bubbles indicates how many times Facebook data was requested in that country. The color of each country represents the percentage of Facebook compliance.

The default mode of the map shows both the bubbles and the colored country shapes. Use the toggle on the top right side of the map to choose which layer of data you want to see -- just the bubbles, or just the color of each country map.

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