Facebook is attempting to be more transparent these days.
Mark Zuckerberg is trying to get Internet connectivity to more of the world via the Internet.org initiative.
If the new report that Facebook produced yesterday was any indication though, it appears that getting more people on Facebook might not only help Facebook and their new users but also government action as well.
The report is called the ‘Global Government Requests Report‘. Facebook is trying to put a nice face on it by saying
Transparency and trust are core values at Facebook. We strive to embody them in all aspects of our services, including our approach to responding to government data requests. We want to make sure that the people who use our service understand the nature and extent of the requests we receive and the strict policies and processes we have in place to handle them.
We are pleased to release our first Global Government Requests Report, which details the following:
The report details the following:
-Which countries requested information from Facebook about our users
-The number of requests received from each of those countries
-The number of users/user accounts specified in those requests
-The percentage of these requests in which we were required by law to disclose at least some data
The report covers the first 6 months of 2013, ending June 30.
There are several paragraphs that follow this that appear to be written by the legal counsel of Facebook to make everything sound ‘kosher’. Basically, it’s the ‘we are doing everything we can to be both cooperative yet extremely protective of your data.’ Honestly, sounds like a lot of corporate BS. If you look at the numbers, especially for the US, if the government wants information they are likely to get information.
The Internet Age comes with a price. How much you are willing to pay is up to you.