India 1st in South Asia on govt requests for user data from Big Tech firms

India 1st in South Asia on govt requests for user data from Big Tech firms

India has been ranked first in South Asia based on government requests for user data from Big Tech companies. From 2013 to 2021, Meta and Google received the highest number of account requests from India, according to the popular VPN service Surfshark. India ranked seventh in all of Asia with 58.7 accounts requested per 100,000 people.

The research showed that globally, countries requested more than 6.6 million accounts combined during the 9-year period, while India requested 823,000. The overall disclosure rate in India is 55.3 percent. Looking at requested accounts per population, India ranks 36th in the world based on the user accounts requested by authorities over this time period. The number of accounts requested increased more than five times from 2013 to 2021, with 2021 seeing a year-over-year increase of around 25 percent.

India shows the same trend, with a 1,476 percent increase from 2013 to 2021. Requested accounts grew by 55 percent in 2021 compared to 2020, the report showed. In total, over 6.6 million accounts were requested in 177 countries from 2013 to 2021, with a steady increase in the latest years.

The US and the EU authorities requested data the most. Apple complied with the most user data requests (82 percent), compared to Meta, Google, and Microsoft (72 percent, 71 percent, and 68 percent, respectively).

"Besides requesting data from technology companies, authorities are now exploring more ways to monitor and tackle crime through online services. For instance, the EU is considering a regulation that would require Internet service providers to detect, report, and remove abuse-related content," said Gabriele Kaveckyte, Privacy Counsel at Surfshark.

The research analyzed the just-released information on user data requests that Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft received from 177 countries' local authorities between 2013 and 2021.

Source: IANS