By Chris Sonderby, Facebook Deputy General Counsel
Today, we’re releasing our third Government Requests Report, which provides information about the number of government data and content removal requests we received for the first half of 2014, as well as updated information about national security requests we received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and through National Security Letters.
Since our first report, we’ve seen an increase in government requests for data and for content restrictions. In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data — an increase of about 24% since the last half of 2013. During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19%.
As we’ve said before, we scrutinize every government request we receive for legal sufficiency under our terms and the strict letter of the law, and push back hard when…
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