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Google Report: Increase in Gov’t Requests for Data

ONLINE PRIVACY

January 24, 2013

Governments around the world continue to make requests for users’ private data at an ever-increasing rate, The Guardian reports. “User data requests of all kinds have increased by more than 70 percent since 2009,” said Richard Salgado, legal director at Google. Google’s latest transparency report shows U.S. government requests up 136 percent, and explains the U.S. legal process for gathering electronic information. The report says that under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 68 percent of U.S. data requests require no subpoena or warrant.
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