The Guardian is seeking comment from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada and South Africa on how much data the US and UK are collecting from Facebook users.
In Australia, Facebook says it has a “broad set of data protection and privacy practices” in place for its users, but the company has not commented publicly on how it collects and processes that data.
In the US, the company says it “does not collect personal information” and that its data “is subject to appropriate safeguards and oversight”.
In New Zealand the data collection is subject to “proper oversight”, and a spokesperson says it is “conducting an ongoing review of its processes and practices”.
“The data collected is anonymised, secure and secure with appropriate encryption to ensure that it is not used for inappropriate purposes,” the spokesperson said.
In Canada, the privacy commissioner’s office says it collects data “subject to the appropriate privacy and data protection provisions”.
But a spokesperson for Facebook Canada says “our compliance with these standards is rigorous and well documented”.
The US is also grappling with a legal challenge over data collection, with a US federal appeals court ruling last month that a government warrant can be obtained to access Facebook data.
The company says the warrant is only for data that is “specifically” related to terrorism or national security.
It has said it has complied with the order, and has appealed the ruling.