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Google admits 'Government surveillance is on the rise', report shows it has been asked to reveal more user data than ever, US gov't #1!

 
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Google admits 'Government surveillance is on the rise', report shows it has been asked to reveal more user data than ever, US gov't #1!
Google today admitted that it had received - and complied with - a record number of requests from governments to reveal information about its users.

The latest edition of the search giant's Transparency Report shows governments around the world made nearly 21,000 requests to access its data in the first six months of 2012.

The U.S. government made the most demands, asking for users' details 7,969 times between January and June this year. The UK came sixth - behind Germany and France - with 1,425 requests.

This is the sixth time we’ve released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise,' Dorothy Chou, a senior policy analyst for Google, said in a blog post.

'In the first half of 2012, there were 20,938 inquiries from government entities around the world. Those requests were for information about 34,614 accounts.'

In common with other technology and communications firms, Google is regularly asked by courts and government agencies around the world to hand over information about its users.

As well as search histories, it holds data on users' contacts and communications through Gmail, viewing preferences on YouTube, photos on Picasa, documents stored on Google Drive, and information about authors' identities on Blogger.


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Google's Gov't Surveillance Report Stirs Privacy, Free Speech Fears

Governments around the world have increased the requests they make of Google for data on its users. "It's alarming the extent to which governments are demanding user information from Google and from other providers," said Gregory T. Nojeim, director of the Center for Democracy & Technology's Project on Freedom, Security and Technology.

Surveillance of Internet users by governments around the world is on the rise, Google concludes in its latest Transparency Report, which details government requests it receives for information about its users. The United States tops the list of countries making requests for user data.

"This is the sixth time we've released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise," Google said.

Requests by governments for user data for the first six months of 2012 increased 32.9 percent over the same period in 2011, to 20,938 from 15,744, Google reported. The United States made 7,969 user data requests, and Google complied with 90 percent of them.


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