Report: Data Requests on Users Increasing
ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.October 26, 2011
A report from Google says government requests for user data are increasing, CNET News reports, as are requests for content removal. The U.S. had the greatest number of requests for user data with 5,950--up from 4,600 in the second half of last year--with India, France, the UK and Germany following. Google is prohibited by law from providing information on requests for data from law enforcement agencies. A Google spokeswoman said the company released the report in the name of transparency. Meanwhile, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has announced he will cosponsor the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act, introduced in June, which would require warrants before law enforcement can access data about individuals from technology providers or location devices.