Twitter: U.S. Government Requests More Personal User Information Than Any Other Nation


The micro-blogging website Twitter released a report Wednesday indicating that government requests for private information about users of the site have increased by 40 percent for the first six months of 2013, compared to the last half of 2012.

The semi-annual report logs the number of worldwide government requests Twitter receives for user account information, typically in connection with criminal investigations or cases. In most cases, government investigators are seeking the email or IP addresses tied to a Twitter account.

With 1,157 data requests during the first six months of 2013, investigators from the United States made a majority of the information requests.

From the report:

The United States leads the way, comprising 78% of all requests received. Japan remains the second largest requester with a total of 8% of overall requests, up from 6% in July – December 2012. Brazil dropped from third overall in the last report to the number four spot with the United Kingdom moving up to number three, comprising 3% of total requests received during the first half of 2013.

Since the inception of our Transparency Report in July 2012, we have received inquiries from a total of 35 different governments. From January – June 2013, we received requests from 26 different governments, with an increase of ~15% since July – December 2012.

Not included in the report are requests justified under the Patriot Act, which prohibits U.S. companies from publically acknowledging requests made under the statute.

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  • Vis Fac

    Just one more reason to go off the grid and dump those petty ego pages. Get rid of your credit cards and remove you money for the bank. Whenever possible use the library to conduct online search activities. Leave as small a footprint as possible!

    • jdn

      It may get harder than you think in the near future if they pass the money confiscation act . A cashless society will be easier for them to control . Everyone will need a government card to buy and sell so they can track and tax every transaction . I’m afraid we will go down as a nation without a fight and those few who do will just be laughed at and forgotten . What a sad legacy for a once great country .

      • Vis Fac

        With the money confiscated how will any tax be collected? What if we return to the barter system how can you tax that? People who live in the city will bear the worst of it. people who live in rural areas or like me out in the boonies will have it easier. I am somewhat off the grid, somewhat isolated, and fairly independent, it would be hard for them to effect me.

        • jdn

          It would all be electronic money . Your cash is taken and you get an account that can only be accessed by card . All money , pay check etc . deposited into your account – income taxes deducted . All purchases recorded and taxes deducted . No real money just numbers on an account in a government computer where nothing can go wrong . I’m sure barter and flea markets will be made illegal . Only what the government can control and tax would be legal . They have been trying to push this as a solution for the war on drugs .

          • Vis Fac

            I hate to be the bearer of bad news but we haven’t had any REAL money since we went off the gold system. All we get now is worthless green pieces of paper called federal reserve notes. I find that rather oxymoronic as the Federal reserve is made up of private banksters who manipulate funds and make policy. Then we have ODUMBO printing fiat cash then giving it to the fed and go on a vicious circle of issuing worthless scrip devaluing what is already in circulation.

  • Eagle525

    Can you say …….. POLICE STATE ….. so much for the Constitution and the Bill of Rights …… And the Declaration of Independence may soon require a second issuance.

  • Elton Robb

    Hitler would be proud.

  • Ciccio

    I can’t post comments on most blogs because I have not joined, nor will I ever join, any of the social networking sites. This way at least the government ever wants to know what I think they will have to contact each blog individually whereas with facebook or twitter or disqus everything is neatly packaged.