2023 Author: Gordon Kinson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 08:36
The most popular social network in the world, for the first time during its work, shares the details of cooperation with the government of various countries. Facebook has released statistics on user disclosure requests, broken down by country and time frame.
For example, the Russian authorities in the first half of 2013 submitted only 1 application, and even that administration of the social network did not begin to fulfill it for internal reasons. Many experts are inclined to believe that the reason for such revelations is a series of exposing publications from the defector Edward Snowden. Were it not for them, users of social networks would continue to naively believe that the collection of confidential information and its provision to government agencies is just another web legend. But, now the supposedly omnipotent IT giants have nowhere to go and, having already confessed their deeds and fearing to be accused of new sins, they hastily publish reports that will save themselves. Thus, Microsoft, Apple and Google have already admitted to voluntary cooperation with the intelligence services.the latter even produced a country-by-country report on the number of government requests. Facebook
decided to do the same, and its lawyer Colin Stretch tried to substantiate the company's position. Social media executives believe that maintaining public safety and being open about their actions can go well together. And if government structures do not want to leave the shadows, then Facebookas a purely public organization, it does not intend to act in the same way. Therefore, he shares information with the whole world - within the framework of what is permitted. That is, what exactly and about whom the FBI or CIA requests were submitted cannot be told, but the fact that the United States is in first place in terms of the number of requests is a fact. There were about 12 thousand requests for two winter months, in which the identities of more than 20 thousand users appeared, but only in 79% of cases the management of the social network found them acceptable and provided the data. And in the second place in the world in terms of the intensity of surveillance of citizens, who would have thought, India - 3.25 thousand requests, 4.14 thousand suspicious accounts, 50% of cases of satisfaction of the requirements of the Indian authorities.
Against their background, Russia looks like an obvious outsider - there is only one request and that one on Facebookdid not consider it necessary to carry out. In total, the governments of 71 states were interested in confidential information of users, and 48 of them received at least some information, although there is no question of complete satisfaction of all requests. Excluding requests from the United States from the list, we get a total of 14.6 thousand requests for the first half of this year, among the most active, in descending order - Great Britain (1975 requests), Germany (1886 requests), Italy (1705 requests) and France (1547 requests).
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