Facebook Reportedly Received Nearly 2,000 Data Requests From UK Police Last Year

By Tom Pritchard on at

It turns out our law enforcement agencies aren't that out of touch with the modern world, as Facebook reveals that UK police made 1,906 requests for access to Facebook user data in the last six months of 2013. The requests affected 2,227 separate accounts, and more then 70 per cent of requests saw data handed over to the authorities.

On collaborating with law enforcement, the report said:

"We respond to valid requests relating to criminal cases. Each and every request we receive is checked for legal sufficiency and we reject or require greater specificity on requests that are overly broad or vague,"

It's hardly surprising that police are turning to Facebook to get hold of information, especially when people areĀ stupid enough to discuss their crimes there. Let's just be thankful they're going through the appropriate channels rather thanĀ being devious and hiding their inquiries from the public. [The Guardian]