Governments continue to ask for data from Twitter

TwitterGovernments are requesting more user data from Twitter.

In the social media site’s latest transparency report, it was shown that information requests from governments around the world have steadily increased. According to Twitter, these requests are usually in conjunction with criminal investigations.

During the first six months of 2013, the micro-blogging site received 1,157 government information requests. For its part, Twitter wants continued transparency on these requests.

“An important conversation has begun about the extent to which companies should be allowed to publish information regarding national security requests,” wrote Twitter in a blog post. “We have joined forces with industry peers and civil liberty groups to insist that the United States government allow for increased transparency into these secret orders.”

The United States government accounts for the majority of these Twitter information requests, followed by Japan and the United Kingdom.

Twitter recently broke down the 902 information requests posted by the US for 2013: 56 percent were tied to subpoenas, 23 percent for search warrants, 11 percent for court orders, and the remaining 10 percent were for other legal purposes.

Source: CNET

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