Government Requests for Online Data Increase
ONLINE PRIVACYNovember 14, 2012
Google has released its sixth Transparency Report since 2009 outlining requests from government agencies and others to access data and remove content. BBC News reports that in the first six months of 2012, governments across the globe have made almost 21,000 requests to access data held by Google. The U.S. government made the most requests, totaling 7,969, with Turkey leading the requests for content removal at 501 requests. "This is the sixth time we've released this data, and one trend has become clear: Government surveillance is on the rise," Google said in a blog post. "Our hope is that over time, more data will bolster public debate about how we can best keep the Internet free and open."