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Government requests further information on Facebook users

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The Hungarian government requested twice as much information on Facebook users in the second half than in the first half of 2014, precisely 167 users in H2 up from 78 in H1, Hungarian online daily hvg.hu reported.

According to the daily, one third of the queries have been fulfilled so far. In H1 2013 the government requested information on 24 users and in H2 2013 requests by the government involved 51 users, the daily added.

HVG noted that government requests in western countries, namely the United States, the U.K., France, Germany and Italy, saw the number of requests decrease in H2 last year. HVG says information can include IP addresses, exact location and sent and received messages.

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