Government requests for Twitter's user data increase

Twitter said government requests for user data grew in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.
By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer Published: August 1, 2014
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Twitter gets data queries

Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users.

More than half of the requests came from the United States, as has been the case since Twitter began issuing its “transparency report” in 2012. Typically, the requests are part of criminal investigations. To obtain nonpublic information about users — such as email addresses — law enforcement agencies have to get a subpoena or court order. Requests for the contents of communications — such as direct messages or non-public tweets — require a search warrant.

The report does not include national security requests because Twitter, along with other Internet companies, has been prohibited from disclosing information on such requests.

San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. said in a blog post Thursday that it received 2,058 requests from 54 countries in the first six months of 2014.

Associated Press