Facebook Saw 773 Requests from Canadian Authorities in Latter Half of 2016

Facebook has today released its latest Global Government Requests Report for the second half of 2016, in which it details the number of government requests it received for user account data, from all over the world. Compared to the first half, Facebook notes that government requests for user account data increased by 9% globally, with a total of 773 requests coming from Canadian authorities during the 6 month period.


The report highlights that nearly half of the data requests Facebook received from law enforcement agencies in the US contained a non-disclosure order that prohibited the social network from notifying the user. Meanwhile, the number of content restrictions for violating local law went down by 28% globally compared to the first half of 2016.

This year’s report also includes information about internet disruptions that impacted access to Facebook products and services during the half.

Internet disruptions harm local economies and prevent people from sharing and communicating with their family and friends. As we have previously emphasized, we apply a rigorous approach to every government request we receive to protect the information of the people who use our services. 

We scrutinize each request for legal sufficiency, no matter which country is making the request, and challenge those that are deficient or overly broad. We do not provide governments with “back doors” or direct access to people’s information. 

To view the full report, hit up this link.

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