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The Top 10 countries snooping on citizens via Facebook

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In Your Face(book). A data group called Visualizing has ranked these countries for snooping via Faceobook. Click on the link in the second paragraph below for the interactive map.

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There have been plenty of news items lately chronicling the annoying tendency by governments in the supposedly free world to spy on their citizens via the Internet. So a group called Visualizing has put together an interactive map showing which governments are most likely to get Facebook to hand over personal data about Facebook users.

The map highlights 69 countries. You can see the entire ranking here (click on the map that you'll spot, and it will turn interactive). The safest haven is Barbados, where during a six-month period Facebook did not cough up a single bit of customer information.

The leading per capita country for twisting Facebook's arm? Malta, home to 410,000 people, where the government dipped into the accounts of 58 of 217,000 Facebook users within 6 months. The U.S., population 314 million, was number two, as the feds fingered over 16,000 of country's 166 million Facebookers.

The Top 10 Facebook eavesdroppers, according to Visualizing:

  1. Malta
  2. United States
  3. Italy
  4. United Kingdom
  5. India
  6. Australia
  7. New Zealand
  8. Germany
  9. Singpore
  10. France

The 10 countries least interested in snooping via Facebook:

  1. Barbados
  2. Botswana
  3. Montenegro
  4. Mongolia
  5. Uganda
  6. Qatar
  7. Cambodia
  8. Panama
  9. El Salvdor
  10. Croatia

Image is a screen grab from Visualizing.org.

— By on September 30, 2013, 1:19 AM PST

Mark Halper

Contributing Editor

Mark Halper has written for TIME, Fortune, Financial Times, the UK's Independent on Sunday, Forbes, New York Times, Wired, Variety and The Guardian. He is based in Bristol, U.K. Follow him on Twitter. Disclosure