For the first time, Facebook released a report Tuesday showing the number of requests about its users it has received from government agencies globally.
The report covers the first six months of 2013 and notes that government groups in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook accounts.
Almost half of the requests came from the United States, the report said.
Facebook did not honor all of the requests from countries around the world. The company said it complied to some extent with 79 percent of the 11,000 to 12,000 requests it received from U.S. agencies.
Facebook noted that a vast majority of the requests from government agencies related to criminal cases, including robberies and kidnappings, but that in some instances the requests pertained to national security issues.
The requests about Facebook users often seek basic information, the company said, including a person's name and when that person joined Facebook. But in some cases governments try to find a person's IP address — which is related to location — or to seek content posted on Facebook.
"As we have made clear in recent weeks, we have stringent processes in place to handle all government data requests," Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch wrote on the company's website.
Facebook and other companies were caught off guard in June when a report from the Guardian said major tech companies were working with the National Security Agency to help the government secretly collect data on customers. Since then, major tech companies have tried to show that they are not aiding the NSA.