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Google's Transparency Report: Govt Requests Up 100 pct In Three Years

Government requests for user information double over three years

     

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6:13 pm on Nov 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

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In a year in which government surveillance has dominated the headlines, today were updating our Transparency Report for the eighth time. Since we began sharing these figures with you in 2010, requests from governments for user information have increased by more than 100 percent. This comes as usage of our services continues to grow, but also as more governments have made requests than ever before. And these numbers only include the requests were allowed to publish.Google's Transparency Report: Govt Requests Up 100 pct In Three Years [googleblog.blogspot.com]
Over the past three years, weve continued to add more details to the report, and were doing so again today. Were including additional information about legal process for U.S. criminal requests: breaking out emergency disclosures, wiretap orders, pen register orders and other court orders.

We want to go even further. We believe its your right to know what kinds of requests and how many each government is making of us and other companies. However, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that U.S. law does not allow us to share information about some national security requests that we might receive. Specifically, the U.S. government argues that we cannot share information about the requests we receive (if any) under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But you deserve to know.
 

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