LinkedIn Received 150 Government Requests for Account Data in the Second Half of 2016

135 of those requests came from the U.S.

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LinkedIn received 150 government requests for data during the second half of 2016, up slightly from 145 during the first half of 2016, according to its most recent Transparency Report.

A total of 135 of those requests came from the U.S., and the only other countries with multiple requests were Brazil (four) and India (three).

The 150 requests in the second half of 2016 covered 373 accounts, and LinkedIn said it provided some data on 73 percent of the requests, covering 211 accounts.

Vice president of legal, intellectual property, product and privacy Sara Harrington said in a blog post:

The number of requests received is relatively flat compared to the prior reporting period (145 total requests worldwide in the first half of 2016, versus 150 for the second half of the year). However, there continues to be a noticeable uptick in the number of accounts affected, on average, by an individual request. This imbalance is one we’ll continue to monitor closely, along with the ongoing trend of requests accompanied by nondisclosure (“gag”) orders. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.