Facebook gives users info to Bangladesh govt again

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Facebook has provided information about nine accounts once again to the government of Bangladesh on their request. The ‘Facebook Global Government Requests Report’ was published on 21 December and the report confirmed the fact.

Facebook publishes this report after every six months showing the statistics of how many governments have asked for the information and how much information have been provided, but the report never discloses the types of information that have been given to governments of different countries.

On the Bangladesh part of the report, it is seen the Bangladesh government asked for the information about 10 accounts. Information of eight of those accounts was asked as legal process in nine requests, and Facebook responded with 11.11 per cent information of those accounts. Beside this Facebook provided 100 per cent information about an account as it was asked to be treated with special consideration. But Bangladesh did not ask for any information in the second half of the current year. Although Facebook removed 2 contents in response to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)’s request.

Facebook first responded to Bangladesh’s in April 2016.

Bangladesh first asked for information to Facebook in 2015. In response to that request Facebook provided 16.67 per cent information to Bangladesh government. Except that, they also removed four contents from their sight responding to the BTRC. 

According to Reuters government requests for Facebook account data risen 27 per cent in 2016. “Government requests for account data globally rose to 59,229 from 46,710 and more than half contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited the social networking website from notifying users” Reuters said in a report.

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