These requests are coming more and more frequently. In 2013, only 2,189 accounts were concerned. In 2020, the last year for which all companies reported, that figure rose to 6,045, almost tripling in eight years.
Around four out of ten requests were made to Meta and its Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram services. The number of requests to Meta has increased fivefold between 2013 and 2020. Google and Microsoft each account for three out of ten requests, Apple less than one percent.
Surfshark has collected data for 177 countries. Belgium ranks ninth in terms of the number of requests. The United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore and France form the top 5.