Facebook Reveals Government Data Requests

    FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2011 file photo, a magnifying glass is posed over a monitor displaying a Facebook page in Munich. Regulators are examining whether Morgan Stanley, the investment bank that shepherded Facebook through its highly publicized stock offering last week, selectively informed clients of an analyst's negative report about the company before the stock started trading. The bank said on Tuesday May 22, 2012 said that its procedures complied with regulations. (AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)

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    In an era where governments are collecting massive amounts of telecom and Internet data, Facebook is at least trying to have some transparency. The company released a partial list of numbers that detail the data-collection requests it receives from governments around the world. It's no surprise that the United States has the most requests out of the 25,000 Facebook revealed. In the first six months of 2013, the government had roughly 12,000 requests targeting about 21,000 accounts. India had the second highest number of requests at 3,245. But, the U.S. government doesn't allow the disclosure of certain types of requests so it's not clear how big the numbers really are.



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