US Government Makes Most Content Removal Requests To Google So Far in 2011
The US government sent Google 5,950 content removal requests in the first half of 2011, more than triple the number of requests that 2nd-place India sent in during the same period.
The numbers come from Google’s latest semi-annual update to the Government Requests section of its Transparency Report. The Government Requests data represents government inquiries to Google for information about users and/or content removal requests.
Newly added in this latest release is data about the number of Google users or accounts that are specified in the government requests. For example, those 5,950 U.S. government requests specified a little more than 11,000 U.S. Google users/accounts — about 5x more than the numbers of accounts specified by India’s requests.
The Government Requests page also has some specifics about the various reasons that worldwide governments have asked Google to remove content over the past six months.