India ranks first in government requests for user data

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India ranks first in government requests for user data
India ranks first in government requests for user data

Compared to Meta, Google, and Microsoft (72 per cent, 71 per cent, and 68 per cent, respectively), Apple complied with the most user data requests (82 per cent)

For user data from Big Tech companies based on the requests of government, India has been ranked first in South Asia, a report showed on Monday.

Received by Meta and Google account requests from India were highest in number from 2013 to 2021, according to popular VPN service Surfshark.

With 58.7 accounts requested per 100,000 people, India ranked seventh in all of Asia.

Combined during the 9-year period, while India requested 823,000, the research showed that globally, countries requested more than 6.6 million accounts.

55.3 per cent is the overall rate in India, said the report.

Requested by authorities over this time period, India ranks 36th in the world based on the user accounts, as per requested accounts per population.

With 2021 seeing a year-over-year increase of around 25 per cent, the number of accounts requested increased more than five times from 2013 to 2021.

With a 1,476 per cent increase from 2013 to 2021, India shows the same trend. Compared to 2020, requested accounts grew by 55 per cent in 2021, the report showed.

With a steady increase in the latest years, over 6.6 million accounts in total were requested in 177 countries from 2013 to 2021.

The US and the EU authorities requested data the most.

Compared to Meta, Google, and Microsoft (72 per cent, 71 per cent, and 68 per cent, respectively), Apple complied with the most user data requests (82 per cent).

“Besides requesting data from technology companies, authorities are now exploring more ways to monitor and tackle crime through online services. For instance, the EU is considering a regulation that would require Internet service providers to detect, report, and remove abuse-related content,” said Gabriele Kaveckyte, Privacy Counsel at Surfshark.

The research analysed the just-released information on user data requests that Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft received from 177 countries’ local authorities between 2013 and 2021.

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