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Government Requests of Twitter Data on the Rise

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(CNET)—The company’s latest transparency report, now a biannual affair, shows a steady increase in information requests from governments around the world, including those for user account information, which Twitter said typically are made in connection with criminal investigations or cases. For the first six months of 2013, Twitter received 1,157 requests, up from 1,009 in the second half of 2012 and 849 in the first half of 2012.

This is Twitter’s first transparency report since the explosive revelations by onetime NSA contractor Edward Snowden about the surveillance practices of the U.S. government. Twitter said that at this time it is not able to publish specific numbers regarding national security requests separately from non-secret requests, though it hopes to see that change.

“An important conversation has begun about the extent to which companies should be allowed to publish information regarding national security requests,” Twitter said in a blog post Wednesday. “We have joined forces with industry peers and civil liberty groups to insist that the United States government allow for increased transparency into these secret orders.”

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