Friday, November 15, 2013

Google: data requests from US government more than tripled over past three years

Madison Ruppert
Activist Post

The requests for Google user data filed by the U.S. government have more than tripled over the least three years, according to the latest Google transparency report released Thursday.

It’s interesting to note that the government essentially forces the company to leave out a great deal of information in their transparency reports, indicating that the numbers are actually higher than those published in their reports.

In the first half of 2013 alone, the U.S. government submitted 10,918 requests for data on 21,683 Google users, according to the report.

Compare that figure to only 3,580 requests in the U.S. for the first half of 2009, the first period for which Google released data.