Google Transparency Report Reveals That Governments Are Seeking More About You Than Ever Before

Big BrotherElinor Mills reports on CNet News:

A new report from Google shows a rise in government requests for user account data and content removal, including a request by one unnamed law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality — which the company refused.

The latest Google Transparency Report, also shows historic traffic patterns on Google services via graphs with spikes and drops indicating outages that, in some cases, indicate attempts by governments to block access to Google or the Internet. For instance, all Google servers were inaccessible in Libya during the first six months of this year, as was YouTube in China.

But the truly interesting data are the statistics on requests made to the company by governments for either access to user data or to remove content.

Some countries had large amounts of user data requests. The United States leads that pack, with 5,950 such requests pertaining to more than 11,000 users or accounts, and to which Google complied 93 percent of the time. That’s up from about 4,600 requests in the second half of last year. Other countries seeking lots of user data were India (more than 1,700 requests involving more than 2,400 accounts), France, the United Kingdom, and Germany …

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  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Such irony.

    Perhaps the governments can simply create something they call a search engine, which is currently used as a mechanism for gathering volumes of information about users, and then they can have access to all the data they like.

    On top of this they can create algorithms to manipulate your queries and with pseudo-prescience suppose your likes, dislikes and interests, and create phony search returns guiding users to buy more shiny baubles from those that pay them to guide you to their door.

    At that point they can begin selling space in the mechanism to unwitting users who think they are getting a balanced and true search result when in reality they are being manipulated and directed toward those that pay to have you directed to them.

    They have already done this – it is called Google.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fantoccini* Gort

    Such irony.

    Perhaps the governments can simply create something they call a search engine, which is currently used as a mechanism for gathering volumes of information about users, and then they can have access to all the data they like.

    On top of this they can create algorithms to manipulate your queries and with pseudo-prescience suppose your likes, dislikes and interests, and create phony search returns guiding users to buy more shiny baubles from those that pay them to guide you to their door.

    At that point they can begin selling space in the mechanism to unwitting users who think they are getting a balanced and true search result when in reality they are being manipulated and directed toward those that pay to have you directed to them.

    They have already done this – it is called Google.

  • oldeuropean

    and this is only the first half of 2011!

  • oldeuropean

    and this is only the first half of 2011!

  • Anarchy Pony

    Land of the what? And home of the what?

    • Heath

      Oh say can you seeee!! all the porn I’m watchingggg!

  • Anti-Citizen1

    Land of the what? And home of the what?

  • Internetobserver

    The Government requests?….no the government usually just takes whatever they want.  Notice if you have a Youtube and Gmail account they are linked together.  Put a name and a face to an email.

  • Internetobserver

    The Government requests?….no the government usually just takes whatever they want.  Notice if you have a Youtube and Gmail account they are linked together.  Put a name and a face to an email.

  • http://twitter.com/Ouroborus777 Ouroborus

    A more accurate picture would be drawn if the numbers were in requests per capita. A nation with a large population is certainly going to have a large number of requests.

  • http://twitter.com/Ouroborus777 Ouroborus

    A more accurate picture would be drawn if the numbers were in requests per capita. A nation with a large population is certainly going to have a large number of requests.

  • Heath

    Oh say can you seeee!! all the porn I’m watchingggg!

  • Heath

    Oh say can you seeee!! all the porn I’m watchingggg!

  • guy fauXs

    Yep, this is neither surprising or even astounding. 6,000 out of 260 million users. Something out of nothing…. The name of this site is Disinformation. Id assume we could at least NOT do what we claim is being perpetrated against us… Seems most of the articles Ive read so far fit the name of this site very well…

  • guy fauXs

    Yep, this is neither surprising or even astounding. 6,000 out of 260 million users. Something out of nothing…. The name of this site is Disinformation. Id assume we could at least NOT do what we claim is being perpetrated against us… Seems most of the articles Ive read so far fit the name of this site very well…