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Kenya: Facebook says it complied with at least one of five request for users' personal information from govt. agencies

Author: Frankline Sunday, Standard Digital (Kenya), Published on: 20 November 2019

"State demands Kenyans' data from Facebook"

The government demanded that social networking service company Facebook reveal private information about Kenyan users on five different occasions in the first half of 2019. According to the latest transparency report from Facebook, in four of the five times, the State refused to use proper legal channels while demanding the information, insisting on the urgency of the demand. Facebook complied with at least one of the demands. The social networking giant, however, did not give details of the nature of the information the government demanded. It also did not disclose the identity of accounts that the State had targeted. “Facebook responds to government requests for data in accordance with applicable laws and our terms of service,” Facebook said in a statement. “Each request we receive is carefully reviewed for legal sufficiency. We may reject or demand greater specificity on requests that appear overly broad or vague.”

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