A global social media report has shown that in the first six months of 2016, the Malaysian government had requested for the data of 35 Facebook users – which is five times more than the number reported in the same period of last year.
The Global Government Requests Report by Facebook revealed that most of the 35 accounts were requested for legal purposes, while others were for emergency matters.
The report also stated that Facebook had complied with this demands, and provided 68.42% of the data requested.
Compared to Singapore, the number seemed insignificant as the island republic requested for the data of 260 Facebook accounts from January to June this year alone.
And unlike some other countries such as France, India, Israel and the United Kingdom, the Malaysian government did not make any requests to restrict Facebook content.
Facebook’s Deputy General-Counsel Chris Sonderby said government requests for account data increased by 27% globally, compared to the last half of 2015, from 46,710 to 59,229.
He added this was the first of its annual reports that included information on requests made by governments on data needed for legal matters.
Sonderby also said that in order to protect user information, Facebook applied a “rigorous approach” to every government request it received.
“When we receive a preservation request, we will preserve a temporary snapshot of the relevant account information. We do not disclose any of the preserved records unless and until we receive formal and valid legal process.
“We scrutinise each request for legal sufficiency, no matter which country is making the request, and challenge those that are deficient or overly broad.
“We do not provide governments with ‘back doors’ or direct access to people’s information,” he said.
Malaysia, in the past year, has stepped up efforts to monitor cyberspace, including by using Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (MCMC Act) which penalises “improper use of network facilities”.
The number of reported charges under Section 233 of the MCMC Act in 2015 rose from none in 2014 to 20 in 2015. Seventeen of them were charged for insulting the Royal institution.
Source : @ FMT Online