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The Top 10 Countries Requesting Your Internet User Data from Tech Firms

Friday, June 14th, 2013 (9:19 am) - Score 2,024

In amongst all the concern surrounding PRISM, the is/is not defunct Communications Data Bill and growing concerns over how some commercial internet giants might be abusing their positions and our personal data. Yes in amongst all that we have this somewhat scary chart courtesy of Reuters and the United Kingdom is in at no.2.

The data itself covers last year and doesn’t include any requests made through the USA’s controversial PRISM system, which remains somewhat hidden from the public gaze. Most of the other requests were fulfilled and thus user generated data/content was disclosed either in part or in full.

The data (*) also excludes national security requests, such as those made via the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Meanwhile Skype (**) didn’t disclose data in 2012 but they did provide “guidance” to law enforcement authorities on 501 accounts. It should also be noted that Twitter (***) has not disclosed the exact number of requests from Brazil and Australia.

It’s worth remembering that multiple requests could potentially pertain to a single individual. On top of that many countries, such as Iran and China, prefer to do this sort of stuff in a very hush hush way (i.e. you can’t compare this with all other countries / companies around the world as some don’t even report such requests).

top 10 countries requesting user data from tech companies in 2012

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By Mark Jackson
Mark is a professional technology writer, IT consultant and computer engineer from Dorset (England), he also founded ISPreview in 1999 and enjoys analysing the latest telecoms and broadband developments. Find me on Twitter, , Facebook and Linkedin.
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3 Responses
  1. Bob2002 says:

    On the plus side we aren’t too different to France and Germany, on the minus proportionate to population the US requests far less than us.

  2. dragoneast says:

    Data requests, even data selling and data harvesting is, I think, inevitable in the modern world.

    What I’d want to see is a publicly available register of who is requesting/obtaining electronic information and from whom (does not need to disclose what information so there would be no prejudice to any proper investigation), and ideally the number of requests made, on (preferably) a quarterly or annual basis.

    The consumer could then make an informed choice as to whether they want to deal with a particular company, and gie the electorate an idea what their politicians should be accountable for. Bet no politician would take up any such idea though! Secrecy is an addictive drug.

  3. Anon says:

    Easy solution:
    stop using any of these companies stuff,
    set up an anonymous email,
    never post anything
    the spooks muight like to know about.
    And encrypt lots of giberish to keep them busy…
    Regards,
    (name witheld….;-)

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