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Twitter received two emergency data requests from Australian govt

Byron Connolly and Martyn Williams | Aug. 1, 2014
There were only two requests from the Australian government for Twitter users' data and none for the removal of content during the first half 2014, according to the social network site's latest Transparency Report.

Twitter did not say how many data requests it received related to national security matters. Laws have traditionally restricted companies from breaking out the numbers of national security and U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requests they receive.

Some progress was made in this area earlier this year, when the Obama administration reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and technology companies to let them disclose those requests, but in ranges of 1,000.

Twitter says that's not good enough. The company has met with officials from the DOJ and the FBI in an effort to provide clearer numbers, but so far those talks have not been fruitful. Twitter sent a draft of a midyear transparency report to the DOJ in April, providing information about national security requests, but has not received a response yet, the company.

"We are weighing our legal options to provide more transparency to our users," Twitter said.

 

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