Privacy issues – worth a read


Twitter released new data Monday on requests from governments for Twitter user information during the second half of 2012, following a July report with data from the first six months.

In Q3 and Q4 of 2012, Twitter saw increases in information requests (1009, up from 849 in Q1 and Q2) and removal notices (42, up from 6), and a slight decrease in copyright notices (3268, down from 3378).

Twitter’s two reports are now hosted on a specific site dedicated to government transparency, and the company wrote in a blog post that it would be providing “more granular details regarding information requests from the United States,” as well as adding sections to track removal requests and copyright notices.

We believe the open exchange of information can have a positive global impact. To that end, it is vital for us (and other Internet services) to be transparent about government requests for user information and government…

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