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.