Twitter denies private user info to Indian govt

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 02, 2013

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Ever since the Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s explosive story regarding how many services providers like Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft provide private information of user accounts to the National Security Agency (NSA), governments of many countries have been asking twitter to hand over private details of users accounts.

The Indian government is in the top twenty countries who have asked Twitter to reveal details on user’s personal accounts and in eighth place in terms of removal requests. Twitter has said in their semi-annual transparency report that the requests from several countries have risen by 40 percent in the first six months of 2013. So far most of the requests made by India have been denied by Twitter.

In other countries Twitter was censored the most in Brazil. In Japan, authorities made 87 requests while U.K. agencies filed 26. Twitter reported that the majority of the requests come in the form of court-issued subpoenas.

Companies such as Facebook and Twitter have publicly asked the US government permission to reveal exactly how many security data requests they have received allowing them to argue that their cooperation with the government has been limited so far.