Google Reveals Government Requests For User Data, Content Removal On The Rise


Google released an update to its Transparency Report today, detailing how government requests both for information about users and also for content removal from Google services. The numbers indicate a startling trend: in both cases, requests are on the rise, according to the latest data added to the report, which covers January to June 2012. Content takedown requests especially saw a significant spike in the first half of the year.

Requests for Google to hand over user info from governments around the world grew from 18,257 in the last half of 2011, to 20,938 in the first half of 2012. Those requests have been rising steadily since Google introduced the Transparency Report back in 2009, but it’s beginning to look like the growth rate of requests is accelerating. As for takedown requests, they actually decreased between 2010 and 2011, but shot up to 1,791 from 1,048 between the…

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