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The US government filed more than twice as many demands for data about Google users than any other other country in the past six months, according to figures the search behemoth supplied Monday.[theregister.co.uk...]
What's more, according to the Google Transparency Report, Google fully or partially complied with the US demands in 94 percent of the cases, a rate that was higher than responses to any other government.
So far, Google competitors have steadfastly refused to say how many demands they receive and how often they are complied with.Same source as above. Maintaining "Fair Use" in quotes, of course, but also indicating that the growing number of governmental inquiries is on the rise and that ALL of the major players are being hit by law enforcement to give up records or tracking. The world is a large and scary place, and some do their ugly on the web...
The fact that Google on average complies with 19 of 20 US demands to turn over data about its users is cause for concern, but it's probably no more alarming than the compliance rates from Yahoo, Microsoft, and Facebook. Google was the only major search engine to challenge a 2006 Justice Department subpoena for two months of users' search queries.
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