Dutch government asks for more information from Facebook

Dutch government asks for more information from Facebook

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The Dutch government has in the first half of the year, 450 times the user information is obtained from Facebook. That is a lot more often than before.

In total, data on more than 750 accounts requested, according to a report that the social network Wednesday night published.

In almost 90 percent of the cases, it was actually information about users to the police or other government agencies provided. The social network may choose not to do this as a request as illegal, or if the information requested is not available.

In the second half of 2015, there were still 158 dataverzoeken from the Netherlands. That number is in half a year time almost tripled.


From the Netherlands came 28 spoedverzoeken. This pertains to situations where fast action needs to be taken because, for example, lives are at stake.

Facebook does not publish details of the requests, so it is unclear why the police or other government departments more often with the company’s door.

Worldwide, the number of dataverzoeken with 27 percent to more than 59.000. Among these 40 per cent came from the United States.

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