Facebook reveals it shared 263 users data with the Singapore government

The Singapore government requested 204 times for data from Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Facebook has revealed that it shared the data of 263 users with the Singapore government between January and June 2017 in a transparency report it released on Wednesday (20 December).

According to the report, the Singapore government requested 204 times for these data from Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, and the social media giant granted 59% of the requests.

The government also made eight requests for 15 users or accounts to preserve their account information for up to 90 days to help with criminal investigations.

According to Facebook, vast majority of these requests relate to criminal cases, such as robberies or kidnappings. Every request is checked for ‘legal sufficiency", with authorities required to provide a detailed description of the legal and factual basis of their request.

In many of these cases, the government requested basic subscriber information, such as name and length of service.

Globally, the United States government made the most requests, with 32,716 requests for 52,280 users, followed by India with 9,853 requests for 13,752 users and United Kingdom, who made 6,845 requests for 8,167 users, while Singapore ranks 26th.

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Shawn Lim

Shawn Lim is a reporter at The Drum, covering industry news around the Asia Pacific region with a focus on Singapore and Southeast Asia. Based in Singapore, he has worked across photography, video and online, covering a range of subjects including current affairs and sports.

Before Game of Thrones, he was a huge Breaking Bad fan. He does CrossFit and yoga to stay healthy.

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