Google Opens Tool Showing Government Requests For Data

Google has announced a new tool that makes public the government requests it receives for data and content removal. It’s called Government Requests, and it currently shows requests that Google received between July 1 and December 31, 2009.

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Google admits, in a very detailed FAQ, that the data is not comprehensive. (The tool doesn’t include stats for countries that have made less than 30 requests for user data related to criminal cases in the six-month period, for example.)

Google says it will update the tool with new data in six-month increments, and that the company intends to “provide more detail about our compliance with user data requests in a useful way” in the future.

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  • http://www.netgrowthgroup.com Alec Campbell

    This is a very clever negotiating ploy by the masterminds at Google. They’re basically calling the kettle black. If governments want open access to personal internet usage data, Google believes that internet users should know this. By publishing this data, they’re raising awareness of just how controlling users’ governments are over internet usage. The potentially negative PR for governments from this tool could be enough for them to start limiting these requests. All of which benefits Google of course. More on this here – http://netgrowthgroup.com/blog/.

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