It seems all the tech companies are hot to release numbers around how many government data requests it receives, and Facebook is no different. In fact, the social network just posted on the matter Friday, revealing that the U.S. is certainly comfortable connecting with the social giant.
According to a blog post released Friday via Ted Ullyot, Facebook General Counsel, the company fielded as many as 9,000 to 10,000 government data requests covering as many as 18,000 to 19,000 accountholders during the latter half of 2012. If you do the math, it would seem that each request involved two different accounts on average. How many of those were actually complied with wasn’t divulged, nor any specifics on how many of those requests were related to FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act).
The figures cover only the six month period ending in December of last year, and like Google, the company hasn’t been given authorization to disclose anything more than aggregate numbers at this point. Based on Ullyot’s post, the numbers include national security requests, but also cover inquiries from a “local sheriff trying to find a missing child” to police officers investigating assaults, as well as national security agents looking into terrorist threats.