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Facebook Says It Got Up to 10,000 Data Requests From U.S.

June 14, 2013

Facebook Inc. (FB:US), owner of the world’s most popular social-networking service, said it got as many as 10,000 data requests from U.S. government entities involving national-security related requests.

The requests, which came from local, state and federal governments, were for the six-month period ended Dec. 31 and “run the gamut,” the company said in a posting on its website.

Facebook said it was releasing the data after discussions with U.S. national security authorities “to allow more transparency and flexibility around national-security orders we are required to comply with.”

The networking service says it has 1.1 billion active users worldwide and the requests represent a small fraction of those users.

The posting, written by Facebook General Counsel Ted Ullyot, said that betweeen 18,000 and 19,000 users accounts were involved in the requested data.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Sylvia Wier at swier@bloomberg.net


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