Facebook has released its third transparency report, revealing that the number of government demands for data access has increased by 24 percent in the first six months of this year.
The Facebook Global Government Requests Report shows that the company faced requests for information on 2,619 UK users or accounts over the six-month period and complied in about 70 percent of cases.
"Since our first report, we've seen an increase in government requests for data and for content restrictions," Facebook said.
"In the first six months of 2014, governments around the world made 34,946 requests for data, an increase of about 24 percent since the last half of 2013.
"During the same time, the amount of content restricted because of local laws increased about 19 percent."
Facebook said that it is fighting to protect its users from this kind of inspection.
"We scrutinise every government request we receive for legal sufficiency under our terms and the strict letter of the law, and push back hard when we find deficiencies or are served with overly broad requests," the firm said.
Facebook is in the midst of a legal battle over a batch of 400 data requests, which the firm said is the largest to come its way and an example of the broad swoop of the warrant system.
"This unprecedented request was by far the largest we've ever received. We've argued that these overly broad warrants violate the privacy rights of the people on Facebook and ignore constitutional safeguards against unreasonable searches and seizures," the firm said.
"We're grateful for the support of others in industry and civil society who've filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of our fight. We expect the case to be decided by a New York appellate court later this year, and we look forward to updating you on the results of this important case."
Earlier this year Dropbox reported a rise in data requests with up to 249 requests for information on customer accounts from US national security authorities.
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