Twitter transparency report sees huge surge in govt requests for user data

Twitter has revealed that there has been an alarming increase in government requests for user data in the past six months.

Last Updated: Aug 12, 2015, 19:37 PM IST
Twitter transparency report sees huge surge in govt requests for user data

New Delhi: Twitter has revealed that there has been an alarming increase in government requests for user data in the past six months.

The microblogging site, which released its twice-yearly transparency report on Tuesday, said requests jumped about 52% from 2,871 in the second half of 2014 to 4,363 requests in the first half of 2015.

It said that requests from US government officials made up 56% of all requests at 2,436 in the six-month period relating to 6,324 accounts, followed by Japan, then Turkey.

The transparency report also revealed that requests from India spiked a whopping 175% versus the period before to 113 requests, 19% of which produced some information.

According to Jeremy Kessel, Twitter's senior manager for global legal policy, the increase is the largest ever seen between reporting periods byTwitter since it began publishing the Transparency Report in 2012.