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Facebook Reports 24 Percent Rise in Government Requests for User Data

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  1. The Scarlet Pimp

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    Facebook Reports 24% Rise in Government Requests For User Data

    http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safe...rcent-Rise-Government-Requests-User-Data.html

    According to a Facebook report published this week, the site has seen a 24% increase in government requests for user information between the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014. There were almost 35,000 total requests, and disturbingly, the United States government accounted for nearly half that with 15,433 requests alone.

    "We continue to work with our industry and civil society partners to push governments for additional transparency and to reform surveillance practices necessary to rebuild people?s trust in the Internet," wrote Chris Sonderby, Facebook's deputy general counsel, in a press release announcing the report.

    "While we recognize that governments need to take action to protect their citizens' safety and security, we believe all government data requests must be narrowly tailored, proportionate to the case in review, and subject to strict judicial oversight."

    Though Facebook complies with nearly 80% of government data requests in the U.S., the company still makes an effort to fight back against them where appropriate, like in the company's challenge against bulk search warrants this summer.

    It's nice that Facebook is being upfront with how much the government is intruding into cyberspace; now the next step is figuring out how to limit or stop the snooping all together.
     
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    This would be shocking before Snowden's revelations. Right now I'd simply assume everything I type is getting echoed somewhere.
     
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    And? Terrorism is on the rise with many people in both Europe and North America going to join the groups. Governments aren't just going to not request information when there is an increased risk.
     
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    This means that you should bunker down and hide away for the rest of your time on this beautiful planet.