Facebook Report: Governments Want Your Data and Other Key Points (Infographic)

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Yesterday, Facebook released its first half of 2017 transparency report that shows 22% increase of government requests for user data. Nexter explains what it means and what Facebook knows about you.

Transparency Report Key Issues

Twice a year starting from 2013, Facebook publishes a report detailing government data requests. According to the latest report, the number of government requests rose from 64,279 in the second half of 2016 to 78,890 that means 22% increasing on the previous six-month period.

Luckily for us, Facebook follows some limitations on what information it can share. More than half (57 percent) of the requests it had received from the US government during the first half of 2017 included non-disclosure orders—orders that forbid the tech giant from alerting users when the government has submitted a request for their data. In total, the number of US government account data requests that came with non-disclosure orders grew 50% from the second half of 2016.

“Fifty-seven percent of the data requests we received from law enforcement in the U.S. contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited us from notifying the user, up from 50 percent in our last report,” Facebook Deputy General Counsel Chris Sonderby wrote in a blog post.

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Among most ‘curios’ countries lead the US, India, UK, Germany and France. Each of those country’s government had more than 50 percent of requests granted, with the U.S. (85 percent), UK (90 percent) and France (74 percent) notable for higher rates.

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Unlike the previous reports, this Time Facebook also included reports from rights holders related to copyright, trademark and intellectual property counterfeiting.

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What Facebook Knows About You

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Esteban Felix / Associated Press

It’s not a secret anymore that Facebook gathers data about its users. Here are what he already knows about you:

  • Your main information (name, age, marital status, parental status, where you live, work, went to school, etc.) – in other words, everything you told it directly
  • Your Facebook activity – it tracks everything you do while online including likes, groups you joins, photos and links you’ve shars, things you clicks on, people you follow etc.
  • Websites you visit – yeah, it does. Many sites gather this information via cookies (and similar technologies) and Facebook reads those cookies and uses that information to serve up ads both on its site and on other websites, and it is confirmed.
  • Your relationships, friends, main events, location and preferencesFacebook analises your surroundings, current mood and even predicts suicidal attempts.

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