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Friday, August 2, 2013

USA is the country that requests information about its users Twitter

The social network Twitter revealed that the U.S. government is still the largest number of requests made on information from its users, according to the report published by the company transparency. In the first six months of the year, Twitter said that U.S. federal authorities have made about 902 requests data from a total of 1,319 specific user accounts. That represents a significant increase over the request made ​​in that time period last year (815 users). Of the 902 applications (most through subpoenas and search warrants), 67% of them led to the publication of certain information. According to the company, 78% of requests for data were in charge of the U.S. government, most of them about IP addresses and emails . In total, the company received 1,157 requests from the governments of 25 countries. After U.S., who were carried more requests Japan (87), United Kingdom (26), Brazil (22), Italy (22), France (18) and Spain (13) . Twitter did not elaborate on these requests, ranging from orders placed by local police offices for help in investigating kidnappings, to claims made ​​by national security officials. The transparency report does not include data about requests made ​​under the Act Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA), which justifies other information searches as revealed by former analyst Edward Snowden. In June, Google introduced a request for more detailed statistical power, protected by national security, about his relationship with espionage activities nationwide. The company thus invoked the First Amendment to the Constitution, which defends free speech in the U.S. to argue that he is entitled to be specific about his relationship with the National Security Agency (NSA). "An important discussion has begun about how far they should allow companies to publish information about national security demands, "wrote Jeremy Kessel, legal affairs manager Twitter, on a company blog. "We believe it is important to publish the numbers of such requests, including FISA, separately. Unfortunately, we still can not do it," he added.The debate in the industry began when Snowden revealed to newspapers'The Washington Post' and 'The Guardian' that the NSA collects data directly from Microsoft servers, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple through a program to spy on foreign contacts of terrorism suspects.

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