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The US government asked Facebook for information about 18,715 user accounts between July and December of last year. The social networking giant said in its latest transparency report that law enforcement agencies asked the company to hand over thousands of pieces of information from user profiles as part of criminal …

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  1. JassMan Silver badge
    Trollface

    Maybe the difference in figures between countries

    might be down to how much they can sting each government making the request. There was a recent story on how M$oft make a minimum of $200 and often $400 or more on responding to many requests. European governments tend to be more stingy in paying for information they think should be available to law enforcement for free.

    The only reason the US figure is not 100% is that if it was, it would show how much they enjoy selling your private info.

  2. btrower
    Joke

    Decoys

    This is pure disinformation. A copy of all of facebook and its history going back to the beginning is resident on government servers under a mountain somewhere. This is just a bunch of smoke to make it look like they are only accessing data of this tiny fraction of users. They probably sprayed coke -- liquid *and* powder -- out of their noses when they were cooking this announcement up.

    1. LarsG

      Re: Decoys

      Agreed, they know everything, these figures are being used to placate the population into believing there are controls in place.

      We all know there are none.

  3. Dr U Mour

    Facebook: Imaginary friends, imaginary numbers

    "...the company said that it granted 81 per cent by providing all or some data that was requested."

    And declined the other 19%?

    How did those calls go?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Facebook: Imaginary friends, imaginary numbers

      How did those calls go?

      That's what National Security Letters are for, isn't it?

  4. All names Taken
    Paris Hilton

    That is probably on top of any informal browsing on Facebook?

  5. Nehmo
    Paris Hilton

    I smell a fish too. Considering the technical abilities of the NSA that we are knowledgeable of, it would have no need to *ask* FB for information.

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