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Thursday 23 February 2017

Facebook steps up citizen surveillance

Irish authorities made 89 requests about 80 Facebook account holders in this period, compared with only 20 requests about 18 Facebook account holders for the same period in 2015
Irish authorities made 89 requests about 80 Facebook account holders in this period, compared with only 20 requests about 18 Facebook account holders for the same period in 2015

Irish authorities are increasingly using Facebook to investigate citizens, new figures show.

The number of State requests to Facebook seeking access to personal content quadrupled in the first six months of the year, according to the company's latest Transparency Report.

Irish authorities made 89 requests about 80 Facebook account holders in this period, compared with only 20 requests about 18 Facebook account holders for the same period in 2015.

Facebook said it furnished some information in two-thirds of cases.

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