Facebook Reveals How Many Governments Requested Personal Data In 2016

It's a lot

In 2016, the British government has made great efforts to limit the amount of privacy we can expect online. If the controversial 'Snoopers' Charter' draft legislation is passed, Theresa May et al will have the right to peek into anyone's internet browsing history, and even monitor our conversations.

But for now, they still have to request personal data from social media sites and ISPs – and as part of their biannual transparency report, Facebook has reported that requests have increased massively.

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They're up 27 per cent from January to June 2016, up from 46,710 to 59,229 in the first half of 2015.

In the US, more than half were from law enforcement agencies who included a non-disclosure agreement, meaning users would not be made aware.

So maybe reconsider that dark-humoured status. Because if it's too near the mark, you could ultimately become one.