60 percent of government data requests from Facebook come with a gag order

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A number of tech companies are becoming more privacy aware, and while some want to notify users if the government is requesting to see their data, unfortunately it appears — in many cases — like those companies couldn’t warn you even if they wanted to.

According to Facebook’s recent biannual transparency report, as many as 60 percent of government requests for data come with a gag order — that means that if the government wants to access your data, 60 percent of the time it includes directives preventing Facebook from telling you about it.

This is actually the first time that Facebook has offered information about how many requests have a gag order — that’s because of a recent U.S. law change that allows the company to do so. Ironic — data about gag orders is no longer under a gag order.