SOCIAL NETWORK Facebook has released its third transparency report, which shows, as you've probably guessed, a rise in government demands for access.
The Facebook Global Government Requests Report reveals that requests have increased by 24 percent during the six months since the start of 2014 compared with the last half of 2013.
"Since our first report, we've seen an increase in government requests for data and for content restrictions," the firm said.
"In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data, an increase of about 24 percent since the last half of 2013.
"During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19 percent."
This kind of increase is seen across countries including the UK and the US, where governments have made more demands than ever before.
In the case of the UK there were around 2,600 demands on accounts in the first six months of this year, and around 2,200 in the last six months of 2013. Facebook said that it complies with around 70 percent of UK requests.
In the US the social network received 23,667 requests in the first half of 2014 and complied in around 80 percent of cases.
Facebook fights the consumer corner in this matter, and has pushed back against the requests and the shadowy way they are carried out.
The firm is currently in the courts defending around 400 Facebook users, and has the support of others in the technology industry.
"This unprecedented request was by far the largest we've ever received," said the firm as it introduced its new report.
"We've argued that these overly broad warrants violate the privacy rights of the people on Facebook and ignore constitutional safeguards against unreasonable searches and seizures.
"We're grateful for the support of others in industry and civil society who've filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of our fight.
"We expect the case to be decided by a New York appellate court later this year, and we look forward to updating you on the results." µ
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