"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Governments spy on 38,000 Facebook users

Protesters and political activists targeted
Corrupt Secret Courts issue phony "search warrants"
for millions of records at once.

Facebook received about 26,000 government requests for information about 38,000 users in the first six months of 2013, with half of the orders coming from the United States government.

The social networking service published the numbers on Monday, following the release of customer information data requests from Microsoft and Google. Facebook said government agents from 74 countries demanded information about its users, but the vast majority of these requests came from the US, the Associated Press reported.

Classified documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper recently revealed that the National Security Agency (NSA) paid millions of dollars to keep tech companies – including Facebook – cooperating with the US government reports RT News.

US federal law allows the government to demand Facebook data without a warrant, and companies must fight such requests in secret court hearings if they deny them.

Facebook provided user data in response to about 60 percent of such requests, AP reports. And out of all US government information requests, the social networking service released some data about 79 percent of the user accounts in question.

But because the US government prohibits companies from releasing exact numbers on how often they have been forced to turn over information, Facebook has been unable to specify exactly how many of the 38,000 user information requests came from the US. Facebook has announced the exact number of requests for all other countries, but simply provided a number range for the US.

Worldwide, police and intelligence agencies have turned to Facebook to request information about government and law enforcement targets, such as activists who staged anti-government protests in Turkey.

Facebook received 96 information requests for 173 Facebook users from the Turkish government in the first half of this year, but initially denied allegations that it released information about protesters. Now, the social media giant admits that it provided some information about 45 of these users.

“We fight many of these requests, pushing back when we find legal deficiencies and narrowing the scope of overly broad or vague requests,” Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel company, said in a blog post. “When we are required to comply with a particular request, we frequently share only basic user information, such as name.”

Overall, the six countries who submitted requests for information on over 1,000 users are the US, France, Italy, India, Germany and the UK. Russia, the largest country in the world, only submitted one data request for user information throughout the six-month period.

Facebook told AP that it plans to regularly release data on user information requests it receives from government agencies.

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SadAmerican4America said...

So, let's see, we are a POLITICAL ACTIVIST and protestor IF we are a Christian, Conservative, Republican, American Patriot, pro-Tea Party, pro-America, pro-Constitution, pro-Bill of Rights, pro-military, ex-military, present military, pro-Israel, pro-Impeachment AND anti-Obama, anti-Communism, anti-Socialism, anti-Marxism, anti-Obama flag, anti-fundamental transformation of the United States of America, anti-spread the wealth -- in other words anti-Obama agenda.

Gary said...

All governments at all points in history hate being questioned by their subjects.

The American Revolution was unique in overthrowing a monarchy and creating a free republic instead of yet another dictatorship.