Governments and Facebook

‘Government officials sometimes make requests for data about people who use Facebook as part of official investigations. The vast majority of these requests relate to criminal cases, such as robberies or kidnappings. In many of these cases, these government requests seek basic subscriber information, such as name, registration date and length of service. Other requests may also seek IP address logs or account content. ‘

There been a lot of speculation on our online privacy in the recent months. But what I like about Facebook is that they have made some of the information on the requests that have been made by governments available to the public at: govtrequests.facebook.com . This is a key step is helping us regain trust in the internet.

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