Today, Facebook revealed the number of data requests it received from various law enforcement agencies around the world in the second half of last year, and the total number is 28,147 requests which impacted a potential of 38,256 accounts.
The requests for accounts in Kosovo on the first half of 2013 were 2, affecting 11 accounts, while on the second half of the year there was 1 request affecting 2 accounts. Albania saw 6 government requests affecting 9 user accounts, a bit less compared to the first half of 2013, which saw 6 government request affecting 13 user accounts, while Macedonia saw 9 government requests affecting 11 user accounts, compared to 6 for 14 user accounts in the second half of 2013. Serbian government had 1 request for 1 account in the first half of 2013, and 1 request for 2 accounts in the second half.
The new numbers for the second half of last year are slightly higher than those the first half (25,607 requests affecting 37,954 user accounts). For all of 2013, Facebook thus saw 53,754 government requests impacting a potential 66,101 accounts. That’s similar to how many Google. Microsoft and Yahoo received last year
Facebook also expanded its first report to include information not only about government requests for account information but also about government requests to restrict or remove content from its service on the grounds that it violates local law.
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share, and to make the world more open and connected. Sometimes, the laws of a country interfere with that mission, by limiting what can be shared there.
Whether it is for content removal or account information, Facebook says it reviews each request to make sure it is legally sufficient. Just like almost every other tech firm, the company says it pushes back on requests that are overly broad, vague or do not comply with legal standards.