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US tops league of governments probing Facebook users

Publisher: 
Financial Times
Publication date: 
27-Aug-2013
Author(s): 
Tim Bradshaw
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Privacy International “commended” Facebook for the disclosure, which it said had been a “long time coming”, but noted that leaks from the US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden suggested that governments were collecting user data from telecoms networks and other means that may not require web companies’ co-operation.

“The usefulness of transparency reports hinges on governments abiding by the rule of law,” Privacy International said.

“We now know that these reports only provide a limited picture of what is going on, and it is time that governments allow companies to speak more freely regarding the orders they receive.”