The social network, Twitter, has announced that the requests referring to user’s data and information grew a lot during the past six months. More and more states are asking information about the users of social networks.
However, the government of the United States of America is the most interested in this kind of information since almost half of the Twitter requests came from it. Usually the requests came when there was some sort of a criminal investigation going one. In order to get non-public information about various users the law representatives must obtain a court order or a subpoena. Direct messages as well as non-public tweets can be obtained only by means of a search warrant.
The report has been made public without the requests concerning the national security of various countries. Twitters as well as other Internet based companies are not allowed to disclose requests as such. All these companies have tried to obtain the right to publish more data on the orders referring to national security.
Twitter said that it had got 2,058 requests from more than fifty-four states during the first half of 2014. It has also received requests from eight states that had never asked for such information before. The social network does not fulfill all the requests. Thus, Twitter has honored only fifty-two percent of the requests coming from various states throughout the world and seventy-tow per cent of the requests coming from the US authorities.
In the second half of 2013 the short messaging service was confronted with no more than 1,410 requests. It has to be pointed out that the vast majority of Twitter users live outside the US borders.
Twitter received requests concerning account information but also 432 requests to erase various types of content. The network has also received more copyright notices. These increased with thirty-eight percent in comparison with the second half of 2013. In that period Twitter registered around 9,199 copyright notices.
Companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook or Microsoft have also made public similar reports.