Italy among world's top in seeking Facebook user data

Transparency report follows Snowden scandal

Italy among world's top in seeking Facebook user data

Rome, August 28 - In the first six months of 2013 Italy requested Facebook to hand over data on 2,306 users, according to the first Global Government Requests Report released on Wednesday. Only 53% of Italy's 1,705 requests were fulfilled, said the transparency report launched in the wake of a scandal involving former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Snowden's revelations about massive eavesdropping of phone and Internet records at the US intelligence agency sparked a global scandal in June. The report on 71 countries worldwide also noted that the US made most of the requests - 11-12,000 - asking for information on between 20,000 and 21,000 users. Facebook handed over data in 79% of cases. India followed with 3,200 requests on 4,000 users. Britain ranked third worldwide with 1,900 requests on 2,300 users, followed by Germany with 1,886 applications involving 2,000 accounts. Italy ranked third in Europe and fifth in the world, followed by France which issued 1,500 requests on almost 1,600 users. The report is available online.

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